It came to my attention sometime last year that, due to financial hardships, I have absolutely no college fund whatsoever (e.g. having to pay medical bills for my mother having cancer in 2003, not being able to afford the mortgage, and so on). My grades are average, my talents average, and although I am a great essay-writer, I am probably out of luck with the economy in the current state that it is. My dream school is $50k/year and offers very little merit aid, presumably less now that spending is going to get slashed. Getting a job is out of the question; I have been trying since the middle of last year, but living in a town of 1,500 guarantees that there will not be enough jobs for everybody, and I would have no transportation for prospective employers over a mile away.
If you were in my position, what would you do? Or if you knew someone in my position, what would you suggest to them?