I am deeply miserable in my marriage, for many reasons. I need to leave. We have two children together (4 and 6) and although I work full-time, I don't make anywhere NEAR enough to live on my own. (I do not count on financial help from my husband, as he barely works. His current contributions are pretty much just enough to keep us from being homeless.)
I finally know what I want to be "when I grow up" and I want to go to school. (I only have my high school diploma.) We live in the boonies, and the nearest 2 year community college is over an hour away; the nearest four-year school is 2 hours away. I can't figure out how to make it work to go to school, work full time, Mon-Fri 7:30-3:30, travel to classes, do homework, and see my children ever. (Online school is not a good option for me. I pretty much suck at things like that, and if I do this, I want to do it well. I could do an easy class or two online, but not all of them.) And with my marriage as it is, I can't depend on him to take care of the kids even a night or two a week while I go to classes, and affording daycare, especially in the evening, is out of the question.
In trying to figure out how to make it on my own, it was suggested to me that I quit work and go to school full-time, using financial aid to pay for school as well as living expenses. Is this possible? I was looking at houses for rent in one of the towns where a 4 year university is, and I could get a decent two bedroom for $400 a month. I could take classes while the kids were in school, and still be home for them in the evenings and stuff. It would mean uprooting them (and me, I'm attached to our town, too.) but would save me a horrendous commute to school.