Our government bureaucracy seems to have some difficulty understanding the difference between and and or. Granted, for the beginning math student it takes some time to really get that distinction. And also the distinction between how they're used in math versus in natural language. However, you'd think it would be easy enough for our great government.
My wife has an advisee at the college where she teaches. This student has several kids and lives in subsidized housing. From all the rhetoric I've heard, this is exactly what everyone wants: a motivated student working hard to put herself through school so she can get a better job, pay taxes, and contribute more to society. This is the kind of person we ought to be encouraging to go to school.
But her financial situation is complicated by this governmental conjunction business. Apparently, she was forced to move from subsidized housing because, the government reasons, if she has the money to go to school, she must have the money to pay rent.
X has enough money for tuition and rent.
Y has enough money for tuition or rent.
See, that's the problem right there. The rules don't seem to acknowledge that Y could possibly exist. But logic dictates that this is surely possible at some level of income. Therefore the only possible conclusion is that the government doesn't understand the difference between the conjunctions. This is clearly just a semantic problem. If someone would be so kind as to explain it to them, I think we can work this problem out to everyone's mutual satisfaction.