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I think you need to have some savings built up, and practice living frugally (not hard for many here). Then, when you fill out the financial aid forms, be very clear about your circumstances when you can. For instance, I discussed some medical expenses, housing costs (expensive in my area, and no I can't move back into a student dorm), etc. I was pretty happy with what I received - was not expecting the grant funds at all, so my loan balance is less than I thought it might be.

Thanks for replying!

I'm being laid off. For the second time in a year. Job prospects don't look all that great.

I don't have a lot of savings but will recieve a small severance package (about 3 months pay) I should be eligible for unemployment for a while, and will look for a job, but from experience, I know I have difficulty working and taking classes (am a single parent - can't split attention too many ways at once.)

Between GI Bill and unemployment, I should be ok for the first semester, it's after that I would need more help. I know my friend was able to get some money by filing a "change of circumstance" thing and showing receipts for her rent and stuff and she's doing a little 10 hour a week work-study job.

Is there enough available to pay rent/food/possible child care, etc?


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