I’m a 20yo arthritic woman who wants to go to college, but has no family assistance. What should I do?

Hello everyone! I am a 20 year old woman who lives in the USA, in Massachusetts, and I was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of 9. It has become very severe since leaving high school, to the point I am incapable of working even a traditional part time job.

I have no savings, and my family is only willing to help pay for my medical expenses. Ie. Doctors visits, medication, etc..

My goal is to become independent, and take a course in my nearby community college to become a Vet tech, but I am unsure how to go about the expenses of college without any help. I know very little about loans, but am certain I will probably have to take some out to afford school. Luckily, the community college I’m thinking of attending also provides some financial aid.

I’ve estimated the cost of attending my ideal colleges to be about $15k a total, which isn’t a lot, but for a low income family and an unemployed student, is very daunting.

I have also been thinking about applying for disability aid, but I am unsure how to. My family also refuses to help me apply, or vouch for me.

I thank you all for taking some time out of your day to read this post. Any help is appreciated. I am really excited to finally take some steps towards not letting my disability control me and my life!

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