...And that is if you can manage full time. That may be a lot of money to a high school student with approaching $0 in living expenses, but for most people it is hardly anything. Yes, such a person will (almost certainly) qualify for EITC which puts real money back in their pocket, but SS/Medicare and most state income taxes don't give a damn. Just the SS/Medicare portion will cost said individual $1500.
No, our politicians, and their money masters have no concept of what people in these circumstances have to deal with: "work harder!", "go back to school!", and any other patronizing response are not helpful, and often not possible. Also, too: they don't care.