Receipt of Assistance by Education


Receipt of Assistance by Education

May 15, 2012


Individuals who finished college were far less likely to live in households where any member received public assistance than those with less education, both before and after the Great Recession. The rates of receipt of aid in households of advanced degree holders roughly doubled between 2007 and 2010, but still remained under two percent. The rate for those with less than a high school education was 22 percent, and for high school graduates the rate is 13 percent, increasing by 8 and 6 percentage points, respectively, since 2007. The increases were in food assistance, not cash assistance.

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