I have considered financial aid; but with a defaulted student loan on my record, and being that I've been out of school for 8 years, I don't feel that my chances are terribly likely; especially since I can't afford to quit my job and go back to school full time (or drop to part time). According to a friend of mine in the University of South Carolina's Registrar's office, scholarships and grants are given, 90% of the time, to kids fresh out of high school. Adults are more likely to quality for student loans than out and out gifts of educational money. Annd.. with my record... my chances of getting any sort of loan are slim.
This is...extremely discouraging, to say the least. I can go ahead and spend the money and take -1- class per semester, and be in school for the next 10 years, or I can just.. bite the bullet, guestimate how much time I'll need and start saving to pay for my education outright. I'll only need 20k or so. :x
Soo. To everyone else out there thinking about getting a degree. Don't put it off, do it while you're young. Keep your credit clean!