I am a 23-year-old husband, and also a father of two young children. I have already completed some of the nursing school prerequisites, but still, have some to complete. I have wanted to be a nurse for almost three years now. I have always wanted to be in a position where I can serve people and make a positive difference in their life. I have stayed away from it because I felt I couldn't afford it. I am in a somewhat successful career as a payroll manager, but I have realized that I will never be happy in this field. We are a one-income family and I am scared of the financial situation that nursing school (two-year ASN program) will put me in. We will be debt free, besides our mortgage, in Feb 2019. My main question is this: Is student debt worth the rewards of being a nurse? I know a traditional job is nearly impossible during nursing school, and most people get to work part-time at best. I am the provider for three other people and would also have to pay for school. I don't see how I will be able to study, go to school, and provide without incurring some debt. So, is it worth it? Also, any tips on how other people overcame the financial obstacle would be helpful?