Been thinking about this program for a minute, and want to give you all a heads up, if you will pardon me.
I paid for my education, though my folks would loan me money and flip me whatever they had for books. Being the first of four, and one of the eldest grandchildren on both sides of a "moving on up Irish Southie" culture, the best thing my whole family did with all of us was to talk about the future as fact. "WHEN YOU GO TO COLLEGE".....
Old school Dad sat me down after I got my acceptance letters. The local university, commute from home, pick nursing or teaching. Done. We had transitioned into a mostly Republican period, translated as "what grant money?"
I loved working with children being trained as the family babysitter, lol. I was fascinated watching them learn. The boys on my Dad's side were plagued with ADHD, learning difficulties, and one, unable to speak until he was five. His Mom was told to send him to residential care. He owns his own specialty crane business.
My brother retook main courses, and for years I'd drive into Emerson to read the text to him so he could prepare for exams. If the electric typewriter did not exist, I do not know how he could have passed anything past 4th grade. It was so hard to watch him struggle and I am so proud of him today. Not that it came easily to me either. I had to put in the time.
My younger sibs became engineers, heart surgeons, and lawyers. Two were beyond brilliant in their specialty areas. My sister won her medical school education by inventing a device that won a prize. My brother works in defense, and boy, am I happy he is on our side. You are too.
It's a secret, lol.
Both my Mom and Dad's folks came to this country, and integrated with Native Americans and African Americans. We are a patchwork flag and for the most part, until this generation, service folk or aggie (read mostly poor). Education provided us with a path to economic freedom in a very true sense.
You can hate Obama and or what the Democratic Party stands for but there is one fact that may change soon. As part of his programs, he opened up and revived the Pell Grant program. Free education. No loans to pay back or have haunt you for your whole life of credit if you default. If you apply and qualify, FREE.
I don't know if he'll make it into a second term. If he doesn't you can be the window with snap shut on this program.
Basically, you have 4 months to decide. July, August, September and October of 2012.
Please, do not let anything stop you from taking this opportunity. Wish you all the best of luck.