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1.
The dumbing-down of standards at branch/regional campuses so that their lower-class students can pass and ultimately graduate.
Man, this test was hard! Where's my "academic welfare"?

The "academic welfare" situation at Miami Hamilton is necessary for their mouth-breathers.

Without that "academic welfare" at MUH, his lazy butt would have failed out long ago!
by Frank Scanlan March 15, 2008
 
2.
Attending college primarily to live off of student loan funds. The motivation for a poor person to become a professional student.
My parents are proud I'm going back to college for my masters degree, but the truth is that I can't find a job and am going on academic welfare.
by Shanthrax138 April 27, 2010