We are all pretty much in the same situation here, most of have a child, or children and don't have a lot of time or money to waste. What in paticular we have in common, is that this will be my 3rd time applying. I am somewhat at the point you are, but do not have as many schools available to me to apply to. If I don't get in this time, I will probably switch my major although it will be in the healthcare field.
The only advice I can give you, is to evaluate what is holding you back. I bet at least one of those counselors at those schools will sit down with you and tell you what the problem is, try that. But I bet, out of eight schools, you will get in one of those
. Good Luck and keep us updated!!:spin: