Hi and Welcome!
I'm in the UK so things are a tad different study wise. I am looking at starting my first year in Sept then move onto a 3 year nursing course after that (fingers crossed).
I also had a parent (lone) that compared me against others, and made comments etc against my intelligence. It's taken me years to realise that I have more of a brain than I thought.
I am at 32, only now able with the support of my hubby to contemplate going to college / uni.
I also, like you all, hope that the support lasts. One thing though, men just don't seem capable mostly of noticiing the jobs around the house that need doing. Even the basics like washing up etc!!
Must be something genetic I think :chuckle .
Good luck with your studies, try and talk to your spouse about how you feel. Thank him for his support and ask him for more when you feel it's lacking. I'm sure he want's you to be happy.