I've known two people from upper middle class families who were open about being on welfare and receiving aid. They both eventually got off it by going to school, one becoming a therapist and the other a nurse's aid, but the amount of money they received to help them through school by having the state slash their tuition rates to practically nothing, pay for housing and give them EBT cards makes me a bit uncomfortable considering how many people I know today who are in huge debt for student loans. Especially considering their families had means.
Read this blog post. It will make you think.