This could be really long but I'm going to try make it as short as possible. I graduated high school in 2005. In 2005, my family had a decent income but I choose not to go to college because I wasn't giving enough money from financial aid. My dad had just lost his job and it would be impossible. Since 2005, my dad never found a job, got disability, we almost lost our house and finally did... and moved into a cheaper house, my mom lost a leg and became legally blind and my dad got cancer - and that's just the tip of things. Needless to say, it's been a rough few years and we have much less than before. Now my dad has medicare but with cancer bills... it doesn't really help 100% and my mom can't get disability at all because she was at a stay at home mom and doesn't have enough work points (says the government) and she can go into the hospital at any time - and with no health insurance, it's horrible. I've worked from 2006-now, hostess and hoping to save up for college. I managed to go to a year at a community college, definitely did not do my best because of everything that was going on. The majority of my money goes to my family to help them out with bills, etc. I really want to go to college... it's my dream. I'm 25 years old, no college, no car, no money and loans are not an option. I don't think financial aid will give me enough. I feel like the only way to go to ANY college is for it to be free.... I do file my own taxes but I live with my parents (I'm 25). I have a different situation that the average person. My choice of college would be somewhere in NYC (hunter college, fit, etc.) I really do not want to go back to community college - I want to try fresh and I think I can do it this time but I have no idea how. Help!