First, education is great, but welfare is not about the long run. As was mentioned welfare puts food on the table now. Money for college could put food on the table in the future, but damn it I'm hungry tonight. A 16 week course on business administration doesn't feed my family.
Also, no it's not stealing. It's given. If I GIVE you my laptop, you did nothing to earn it and you won't be paying for it. It was given freely. Is that also stealing?