Frankly speaking, I'd trade those on government cheese with these college students anytime. If they are smart enough to get accepted by a college, they will usually do something useful for the country later, not like those on government cheese for more than 10 years or even all their lives.
My college apartment handyman is not: he doesn't take check because he doesn't have a bank account. When I asked him why? He said if he did, government will find it out and won't let him pay $1 per month for his apartment anymore (phone is included). He has been doing it his whole adult life! If you do your "research" on CNN, you probably will never know this.