For the sake of this article, we’re assuming that you’re feeling
trapped in a dead-end job or have just graduated from high school with
grades and SAT scores adequate for admission to most middle-of-the-road
colleges and universities. The country’s economic nosedive was more
than just a story on primetime TV, as it affected your parents’ jobs,
salaries and long-term retirement accounts. Their current economic
situation would allow you some breaks on your tuition, loans and a Pell
Your situation is worse. So what do you do?