I am lucky that I don't have to work and my husband does sort of shift work in a job that enables him a lot of time off so he can watch our kids while I go to nursing school part-time, so they don't need a sitter very often. I wouldn't do it if it weren't for that. To be honest I don't know how
people work full-time, have kids (particularly young kids not in school yet) and go to school!! But there are several people in my program that do. I am amazed by them because I am beat just caring for my kids (2, almost 5, and just turned 7- my full-time job & first committment) and doing school part-time
. I know that some of them have other family members that are able to help.
I agree with the person above, my first year I did a lot of burning the midnight oil but now I just can't do that regularly anymore so I have to schedule time in the day to do schoolwork. If stay up late I will fall asleep at the wheel on my 110 mile one-way commute! I also find it best to separate it from home life as much as I can (not always possible, like now for summer my classes are online so I'll be trying to do assignments piecemeal around the house and it will cause strife). It works better in my family if I do it when I'm at school and am able to do home things at home. Anyhow, I'm rambling
Would getting student loans make it so that you could quit or work very part-time? I got Stafford loans.