AT 33 I lost my job and had to make some decisions. I choose to return to school. It was the best choice of my life. I was not sure where I would get the money. I was surprised to find the money came.
If you have children, you most likely qualify for a grant to pay tuition at least. Work study on top of that will get you some money. And Loans. I was also able to find other money, you’re here, so you likely suffer from some kind of disorder like PTSD, there is money from VOC rehab. If you lost your job because it was sent overseas there is “Trade Act” money (this is the best if you can qualify). While there are some scholarships that are only available to younger people, there is also money for older students returning school. My first semester at school I had more money than when I was working.
Money is not as big an obstacle as you think. Don’t go for a 6 year masters, but a 2 year degree is doable even at your age. Right now is the time to return to school because so many older people have returned. You would be surprised how many non-traditional students there is right now, because of the recession. You’ll fit right in. Your specific circumstances may vary, Go talk to your college finance department, they can help you find money.
“Your only limit within reason, is the one that you set up in your own mind.” Napoleon Hill, The Law of Success, 1925.