Even though I had a baby at 19, I did everything I was supposed to do. I worked 2 jobs and finished college with 2 degrees. I have $35k in loan debt, over $7k in bank debt, and can barely afford my monthly bills. I did find a job in my field, as a public school teacher. One-third of my $30k salary goes to pay “family” health insurance premiums for my daughter and myself. She is 6. We have no house, no savings. Last week I took the last out of her college fund to buy groceries. This week I put $10 in gas in our van and I hope it will last until Friday. But I make “too much” to qualify for any assistance. Why?
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