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Hi - you didn't mention where you live, but do you have a community college in your area? If so, check with them. They often have great programs for certifications, resources for financing, and sometimes, even child care. I know at our local comm coll, they have a group that will loan you your textbooks so you don't have to spend the $$$ for them (the most expensive part of college is often the danged books!). You just turn them back in at the end of the semester, so others can use them too. Also, check into a PELL grant - those are federal loans that do not need to be paid back, and it is based on income. Good luck! You can do it...
Hi everyone - let me share the little bit I understand about getting money for education. Have you tried to apply for a PELL grant? These are loans that you do not have to pay back. I didn't find out about them until last year! They are based on both income and need, with income being the first basis. Not sure what the guidelines are, but it is a federal program. You'll have to fill out a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.ed.gov/), which is also free. You'll need the most current tax return information, and an idea of what college or univ you want to attend. Just fill it out and see what you can possibly qualify for. On the teachers loans - we are just now looking into those as well. Check with your state - they vary by state, and often, what the program is, is a "forgiveness" of loan debt if you agree to teach for a certain number of months or yrs. It is all worth checking on. There is no age limit on the FAFSA. I am 48, and returned to school last semester to try to complete my degree. I never knew I could! Check it out, and I hope it helps someone.