Well, since I started school, I have felt that my husband was a little jealous. I didn't bring it up and after the first week, I didn't notice it. But the last couple of weeks, he's moped around like the dog died. So I finally asked him what was wrong and he wants to go back to school. So he has been doing a bit of research and we think the VA will pay for him to finish his degree. He's a disabled vet, so he would also get a monthly allowance along with paid books and tuition.
He switched from engineering to nursing back in the early 90's and then didn't finish as we were broke, had a kid, etc. So the school I attend has a lovely nursing program. He's going to go to the school next week and talk to them. They also have a VA specialist on campus, so he can talk to them about the VA stuff and maybe by fall, we'll both be going to school. We think we can swing it financially through the VA program and with student loans, if we're frugal and he would only have about 2 1/2 years to get his BS in nursing.
The next step is to convince the soon to be 18 year old that the money tree is being heavily pruned. But she'll be out of cosmotology school in late may, can take the state boards in June and hopefully be working by July or August.
If the VA loan we're trying to get to buy the house goes through, we'll be saving close to $400 a month with the house payment and the cars are both paid off, so I think we can live quite frugally for 2 years and both of us come out of it with the paper we need to get better paying jobs. Well in hubby's case, not better paying, but better on him phyisically. He can't keep working outside in winter, nor do the physically demanding work that he does. Nursing can be physically demanding, but not as much as construction has been. He's just spent a week on his hands and knees putting in solid wood flooring for a client.
He's also had 3 different people work for him in the past month and all three, who were in "dire" need of a job, couldn't handle the work and quit. I should add that my husband is older than all 3 of them by a significant amount. It's work, it's hard work, but we pay well. So I have a few choice words for these guys as it's left my husband in the lurch and has put a lot of physical and mental stress on him. B ut that's a rant for another thread. I think it's great he wants to go back to school., I hope it works out so he can.