I've been an RN for many years, and as of yesterday decided to take the lay-off option I was offered after the sale of my department, in order to pursue college full-time. I figured this was as good a time as any to become a starving college student again before I am dead and buried. I would prefer to pursue my studies full time, and work as minimally as possible (not to mention the the job availability for older RN's in my rural area are that great to begin with). The good news is that I am elegible for unemployment benefits. At least for a while...Unfortunately, I do not have money for pursuing an advanced degree. I am a 45 y/o single woman, and given my work-life expectancy (another 15-20 years) I do not anticipate having $80K in loan debt when I'm 50, to be a wise decision. Anyone who has "been there" have any advice? I've "heard" it's possible to acquire federal/state student grants as a displaced worker, and also keep unemployment bennies. If anyone has real-world advice as to programs available, I'd greatly appreciate it.