Make it easier on yourself and use food stamps, I did.
I was a single mom of 2 boys, my youngest was recently diagnosed with autism when I was working on my pre-reqs for nursing school.
It was long and hard and used every government program I could find to help support us.
I worked part-time as a ED tech, took my oldest to soccer, tae-Keon-do..etc multiple sport kid.
My youngest was multiple therapists
I had help from my parents as well for child care. My Dad would help when I had car issues.
I was getting Medicaid for my boys, food stamps for all of us, SSI benefits for my youngest son. Special waivers for my electric bill by apply for low-income assistance. Help for paying for day-care. Those programs exists to help people get on their feet.
I am not ashamed to have used those programs. Don't know why you don't want to use them, you will pay back in taxes when you are working.
I have been an RN over 6 years. I pay my taxes and have owned my home for the last 3 years.
But becoming a RN is no rags to riches!
I am solidly middle class
homeowner, but carry a debt and still have student loans to pay.
I will still have loans when my oldest goes off to college next year.
But I do make enough to support a family of 5, however we are not rich