I'm 24, a year out of college, disabled, with a mentally ill abusive mother. I'm out on my own. Been working for the last year, but I'm really, really poor due to life expenses. I thought I'd finally done something right. I got into law school, despite the fact that my education hasn't really been working toward that. I figured this'd be great, I'd be able to do something to make more money, to be able to support my mother down the road. Turns out she spent my college fund so I have nothing to go back to school on. Which means I haven't done a good enough job of helping her get on her feet. So now I have to choose between keeping my current job at 20,000 a year and hoping she can care for herself indefinately, or gambling that, if I take the 120,000 of necessary loans for school, she'll be ok for the next 3 years, I'll be well enough to finish school, and I'll be able to get a job upon graduation that pays enough. If I don't go, I'm a failure in many people's eyes. Damned if I do, damned if I don't. Everyone would be better off if I weren't here.