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    Definitely go back to school somehow. If you wait you may never go back or find yourself in my situation of giving up school to stay at home and raise three kids. Don't get me wrong it's been great having the opportunity to be with them, but when our youngest goes to school in a few years I'll be 41 and I'm not sure if I'll even bother by then. You've been given some great suggestions and I hope at least one of them will work out for you. Best of luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by scantilyclad View Post
    I'm going to be starting college this fall, thanks to some financial aid, and i'm very excited. I'm proud to finally be doing something with my life; however i am having a lot of trouble trying to figure out how to work and go to school, without putting my child in day care. Day care is far too expensive for me to afford, even with my job. Day care costs 7 dollars an hour on average, so that would basically mean that i would be earning only about 1.50 an hour, if daycare is factored in.

    I figure there are a few things i can do, but i can't seem to make a practical decision.
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    1. Quit my job, so that i would have more flexibility to go to school. The con to this is obviously the fact that i won't have any spending money, or money to help pay bills when money is sparse.

    2. Try to get my employer to give me even more flexible hours. I feel like i am already asking too much of them, so i'm not sure if i am comfortable asking them to make my schedule even more flexible, so that i can attend school.

    3. Move somewhere with family close by, so that i can have child care from someone i know well, who will charge me little if any money. This is not very practical because most of my family lives in Arkansas, or small Texas towns where i would have to drive 50 miles to go to school, thus draining my funds for gas.

    4. Put off school until it is more convenient. I've already been doing this for a few years, so i guess it wouldn't hurt to do it for a few more.


    I'm not really sure what to do. It would really help a lot if my school offered a daycare program or online classes, but they don't, so i am asking for advice from people who might be experienced in this area of expertise.

    Thank you guys.
    5. Go to school part-time, taking one or two classes at a time. You'll have your feet in the water and you might even meet other women in the same situation with whom you could share childcare costs.


    I'm beginning an online masters program in the fall, and there have been a few posts from women with young children who are juggling jobs and school. Most of them say it's doable, but exceedingly difficult, and they don't go to school full-time. Most take one or two classes per semester. Their advice was to start slow and see how it goes.

    Granted you're not starting in a graduate program, but you'll still have reading, papers and tests for every class you take.

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    The problem is that i can't get my full financial aid unless i go to college full time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scantilyclad View Post
    The problem is that i can't get my full financial aid unless i go to college full time.
    Maybe you can use some of your aid to cover childcare costs? Small (really, try to keep it small--they add up fast) student loan to cover childcare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cafe View Post
    Maybe you can use some of your aid to cover childcare costs? Small (really, try to keep it small--they add up fast) student loan to cover childcare?
    omg this is really the best idea ever. why didn't i think of this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scantilyclad View Post
    The problem is that i can't get my full financial aid unless i go to college full time.
    What kind of financial aid, Scanty? A lot of the Federal-based financial aid programs operate on a half-time or greater basis, and I think some may be prorated based on how many hours you take too (not sure about that). If your financial aid is not Federal-based, you may be eligible for some Federal programs too, that could help out (I do programming for a financial aid office, so although I'm not super-knowledgeable, I know a bit).

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    my financial aid is federal. I got a pell grant.
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    With the Pell, they will still give you aid, but they will just give you less if you go half or three-quarters time, if it still works like it used to. Same with the Stafford loans.
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