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I am currently volunteering full-time with AmeriCorps. I make about half minimum wage per hour, which works out to around 100% the federal poverty level and I am on food stamps as well. However, I have grown up working class/lower middle class with a cabbie dad and lab tech mom up until my AmeriCorps job. Given my family background, but considering I am not supported by anyone else, does this mean that I am considered economically disadvantaged?
 

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I am currently volunteering full-time with AmeriCorps. I make about half minimum wage per hour, which works out to around 100% the federal poverty level and I am on food stamps as well. However, I have grown up working class/lower middle class with a cabbie dad and lab tech mom up until my AmeriCorps job. Given my family background, but considering I am not supported by anyone else, does this mean that I am considered economically disadvantaged?
No.

Interviewer: So I see you marked the disadvantaged box on AMCAS, why do you think you're disadvantaged?
You: Well, I make 1/2 minimum wage and receive foodstamps. I'm also at 100% the federal poverty level.
Interviewer: So you chose to be in this position. What about all the other disadvantaged students who are there not by choice?
You: :confused:

I was asked that question by an interviewer, but fortunately :)rolleyes:) for me I grew up poor and in a medically underserved area so I didn't get any follow up questions.

Secondly, "100% of the federal poverty level" means you make double what the people right at the poverty line make. Sorry, not disadvantaged even if you were there not by choice.
 

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I am currently volunteering full-time with AmeriCorps. I make about half minimum wage per hour, which works out to around 100% the federal poverty level and I am on food stamps as well. However, I have grown up working class/lower middle class with a cabbie dad and lab tech mom up until my AmeriCorps job. Given my family background, but considering I am not supported by anyone else, does this mean that I am considered economically disadvantaged?
This is uncomfortably close to the applicant who declared disavantaged status because his children were on foodstamps due to his diversion of funds to the application process
 

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This is uncomfortably close to the applicant who declared disavantaged status because his children were on foodstamps due to his diversion of funds to the application process
Lol what

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Being disadvantaged has to do with how you grew up rather than what your situation right now is. A lot of us are broke college students XD