I wish I had some answers for you. I don't know of any other way to pay for living expenses during school other than those two loans that you mentioned.
I have been told by another former student that this WILL consume you for the next 10 months! I was told that if you feel that the first semester is easy and you start to slack off you will never catch back up. She told me that her class started with forty students and ended with about half of that.
I know that I am going to have to find a balance between my family and school. But I know that my family will be the ones to take a back seat for the next ten months and that is how it is going to be. By taking this course I have agreed to miss all of my kids sporting and dance events as well as all of their events at school. That sucks for me but it really sucks for my kids but they will live. My husband will be the one that will feel the brunt of school because if I am not studying, I will be playing with my kids. I am sure that there will be family time but I am aware that it will be very few and far between. I am sure there will be days when my husband and my kids hate me, but heck they will get over it!
Just think If we start the program and then quit or fail then we are stuck with student loans that still will have to be paid, and we will have nothing to show for it.
So spend as much time with your boyfriend now and maybe make Friday nights your date night??? I don't know but I am sure the two of you will find what works best for you. And as far as friends go...by the end of the program you will have forty friends cheering you on and hoping for the best for you.