Many American colleges and universities are steering their students toward a new source of “financial aid”: food stamps. In Oregon, for instance, both Portland State and Pacific University encourage their students to apply for food stamps. “Many students are surprised to learn that they may be eligible for Food Stamps,” explains Portland State’s website. This may be a little surprising given that food stamps were created to help struggling poor people, not heavily-subsidized and frequently-idle college kids. But have no fear, assures Portland State: “Being a college student is hard work! Not just academically, but financially too.” Far from framing the decision to apply for food stamps as a last resort, the university’s website makes taking government handouts sound like a moral imperative.