Franklin’s a passionate guy with many interests. He also has many responsibilities, namely supporting his family. He wants to go to college. How can he pull that off?
Hey Josh, how’s it going?
I’m sleep-deprived but overcaffeinated, so it should balance out long enough for me to give you a decent answer here. 🙂
Hopefully you can point me to in the right direction. I’m a bit of a multi-talented, hyper passionate soon-to-wed father with a retail job and a dream.
Multi-talented, hyper-passionate, dreams and employment are all very good things. You’ve already got a pretty good start, Franklin.
Skipping my focus problems and what it is I want to do- I haven’t a clue how to attend a college while being the main financial support pf my family (my fiance’ is also in school).
Well, I don’t mean to oversimplify it, but — you apply to college, apply for financial aid, and see what kind of aid package you get. If you can carve out the time for a couple of classes each week (and based on the rest of your note, I think you can) and you make the money situation work, you go. It’s really that simple.
One of us has to work full time to keep a roof over our heads (right?) and that person is me.
Possibly. Maybe not — depends on what kind of aid package you get. Remember, financial aid is not just designed for tuition and books — it’s also designed to allay the external expenses you have while you’re in college, including the roof over your head and such.
My fiance’ has a scholarship for three more years of school and can’t afford to take anymore time off (no school=no scholarship).
Keep that scholarship at all costs, for sure. But, I’ve really never met anyone who couldn’t afford to work some kind of part-time job into their school plan, even if it’s just 5-10 hours per week.
There’s always the option of trying to set up a means of income by fixing computers, singing at weddings and events, performing magic shows, Selling Avon, and trying my hand with the stocks (all things I actually do-minus the stocks) but that would require more time than what I have to really set up a good schedule and business model (not necessarily impossible though).
Well, those are all worthwhile ways of making some extra scratch, for sure (although I wouldn’t monkey with trying the stock market if money is tight). Remember, you’re just trying to make whatever money you can. You don’t have to have a perfectly functioning schedule and spotless business model. Just hustle whatever cash you can manage to grab.
I truly have to go to school because I’ve made my life mission (besides spreading love and joy, being a loving and faithful husband, and raising a productive American) the goal of starting a school. A school which would require lots of expertise in many areas, as it ambitiously seeks to produce prodigious, compassionate people (there’s a mouthful).
Sounds like a good plan to me.
That said, I’ll require a lot of school.
Also true, probably, yes.
How can I possibly get the education I need when I have to pay bills (oh yeah, I have those too, but it’s not the worst) and effectively father a child (which involve being around from time to time)?
The fatherhood part isn’t easy, of course, especially if you’re the type who actually likes to spend time with your kid. 🙂 Then again, look on the bright side — your situation is exactly why student loans and grants were invented.
The government likes multi-talented, hyper-passionate people, Franklin, and it wants them to get educated and fulfill their dreams so they can actually grow up and be successful and pay taxes. It really does. However, it does also realize that everybody’s gotta eat and can’t live under a bridge (especially if you’ve got a child).
So, there’s federal financial aid. Get loans and grants, then cut back your hours at your job and use the loan and grant money to make ends meet while you’re in school. Bonus: you get extra time with your kid that way, too.
Additional notes: I’m a minority.
Good news for scholarships and financial aid.
I’m on the verge of testing for my A+, Net+ and MCP IT certifications. I sing, write, play the piano, perform magic, dabble in psychology (including some counseling experience), sell Avon, was an excellent math student, like squirrels, am learning the banjo… trying to utilize your hint here with these TRUE facts to help you help me.
Well, you’ve certainly got plenty of tools to help you get side money. The computer certifications are great for that, as is the magic. Avon and banjo, probably not as much, and I think you threw in the squirrels thing just to see if I was paying attention. 🙂 In any case, you’ve got plenty of tools to cover your nut, as the gamblers say, while you’re in school.
If you can give me a bit of direction, I appreciate it Josh.
You’re welcome, and I think I’ve covered it in the above. Good luck to you, and please come back and let us know how it goes!
What about you guys — any tips for Franklin on how to make it all work while going to college and supporting a family on one income? Let us know in the comments below.