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Are There Any Grants That Can Help Me Go Back to School as a Divorced Single Mother? – Kathy

“Dear Steve,

I have met an unfortunate time with a recent divorce. I only make 17,000 a year, but am going back to college. I am a single mother of three children, all in college. I work and go to school full time. My attorney fees are 40,000 and am still in and out of court. I need to pay off my attorney in order to complete many open legal situations. He is aware of my income, but it doesn’t seem to matter to the firm. I need some help – I am responsible for all household expenses, even taxes, which I am late on. Because I get child support, I do not qualify for public assistance, which I would receive and at this point be grateful.

Is there anything or any type of grants that can help me? I have tried all options to my knowledge and am considering bankruptcy.


Dear Kathy,

I’m sorry, I am not aware of any grant programs or free money to assist you in your situation.

Your attorney is a paid professional and I’m sure the firm is pressuring him to limit their exposure to a debt you might not be able to pay.

It is possible that based on your current income situation that you simply can’t afford to keep the house. Even reducing your living situation by renting may not be enough to improve your situation, but worth considering.

Yours sounds like a situation that is going to be resolved by increasing income or intervening in your debt situation with bankruptcy. Of course that would leave you with open and potentially unresolved legal issues since the lawyer would have to be included in a bankruptcy.

Please update me on your progress by posting updates here in the comments section of your question. I’m very interested in how this works out for you.


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