I will be starting NS in August and I am so excited. My husband supports me 100% but we don't see eye-to-eye on the financial side of things. Up until now, I have worked FT and gone to school PT for my pre-reqs. When NS starts, I will have to be at school 2 full days and 2 half days per week. We have worked out our budget and if we cut out a lot of the extras (which we have already started doing) we could just about make it on his full salary and my 1/2 salary. We have our insurance and those kinds of concerns already taken care of and we don't have kids. Below are our possible solutions... I need to know from my fellow NS students, your opinions. Please. :smiley_ab
I think I should work PT (1 full day and 2 half days-opposite of school-which I am 90% sure that my job is willing to do) and we should cut out all of the extras: cutting down our cable/phone bills(already done), not eating out as much, cut down our recreation & frivolous schopping considerably, etc. We have about $6,000 put away for school that should cover the gap, and I have scholarships
for tuition. So, my actual school expenses should be a max of $800 the first year and less than that the second year.
--His 1st idea:
He thinks I should quit my job altogether so that I could focus JUST on school and so I could get studying done during the workday so that we could still have "our" time in the evenings. His other argument for this was that I could still maintain my social life and "me" time so I wouldn't be so stressed. And I do tend to get stressed easily.
-The problem: That would mean we would have to take out at least $15,000/year in student loans... IF I could even get approved for that amount.
--His 2nd idea:
That I should continue to work PT, but still take out student loans (probably $5,000-8,000/year) so we could maintain the lifestyle we have now: recreation, eating out, etc. He feels that we wouldn't have to pinch pennies and this would help to relieve/prevent the stress (at least $ wise). I can see the pros of this option, but I cannot decide if it is worth the student loan debt.