Okay, breathe, breathe, breathe, that's what I keep telling myself. As classes approach I get a little more panicked. First off we have wound up tapping into the money set aside for school because of unexpected home repairs so money is becoming an issue. I do not qualify for pell grants and am not eligle for student loans unless I have 12 credits earned at this school. I only have 11 as of now because most of my classes were transfer. We have 5 kids - 3 of them not in school yet, but financial aid doesn't seem to take childcare costs into factor when determining financial aid. My sister is the only one I can afford to pay to watch them. She is cutting me a good deal and only charging me $150 a week for 3 kids (one being an infant), but that is still a lot of money to come up with. She can't do it for less than that or she has to get a job. My sister is not all that reliable and concerned about her watching them, but that's the best I can do there. Also she is not watching them full time just part time. She is coming here to watch the kids which will help with things a lot, but with her only watching them part time it is not leaving me much study time. Since we are running out of money my husband will probably wind up volunteering for as much overtime as possible at work which leads back to problem number 2 - study time. I was already stressed about that, but then I got the syllabus and packet for nursing classes and have been absolutely nauseous since then. OMG! Just looking at the amount of work is completely overwhelming. I knew that this would be a lot of work since this is actually my second attempt at nursing school, but I guess I just blocked it out of my head or something. I am also currently breastfeeding and I really don't want to wean my daughter yet - and I won't but I am starting to foresee problems there as well. (I will supplement with formula if need be.) Not doing this is not an option for me. I have waited my entire life to do this so I will do this, just trying to keep myself calm and relaxed and together. Usually I can keep it all together, but today just freaking out. How do you all keep yourself relaxed when the stress kicks in? I know I am not the only one dealing with stress from nursing school. Any ideas on finding financial aid/scholarships
for school? We have done FAFSA and like I said before did not qualify for pell grants and not eligible for student loans till next semester. Is there anything I can do with that? That and stress relief tips would be appreciated.