Well, I've come to a serious bump in the road. Was accepted to nursing school for Fall 2012 and had my first orientation today. I've been extremely excited, but suddenly I feel like I'm drowning. Here's my situation...
I have a fiance and two children. My fiance has been a stay at home dad, which has saved us a ton on childcare and made my life easier. I work full time in marketing, so him staying at home has not been an issue. We have a nice place (which we rent). Our bills total about $2000 - $2500 a month (for everything -- rent, utilities, food, etc). I found out today in orientation that I really have no options other than to quit my job for school. I then realized that my school does not offer federal student loans. I do receive Pell and other basic financial aid, but I need student loans to supplement. I went to apply for a few private loans, and was faced with the roadblock of needing a co-signer for literally every loan (due to the amount that I need to borrow and the fact that my credit history, while good, is still rather young). I have no one right now who is able or willing to co-sign for me.
...now what?? If I quit and don't figure out a loan, we have no income. At least until my fiance can figure out a job situation for himself. I feel so defeated and depressed. I need help, advice, tips, ANYTHING! Nursing is my dream, and I have come so far, and now it seems as though everything is just crumbling in front of me.