Hello everyone! I am so glad that this area of SDN has been started. Thanks to all of you who participate! Anyway, I'll get to my problem. I am 1 year away from applying to med school (probably DO). I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world and we have 2 kids, ages 2 and newborn. My wife doesn't work because she isn't like to make enough to justify the cost of childcare for our 2 boys. I'm sure some of you understand. Anyway, I have been working almost full time, and getting financial aid in order to make ends meet (and they are tight.) When I go to med school I obviously can't work. I have read posts about scholarships, the amount of stafford loans available, etc., but it seems that there is still a lot of individuality in loan amounts. I guess what I am asking is this: Is it possible, (all things being perfect), to get enough money through financial aid loans alone to support my family and pay tuition, etc.? How do I get the financial aid people to raise my cost of attendance? I have read some sites that make it clear that financial aid is for the student alone and dependents aren't taken into consideration. Other sites are much more hazy. Please help!? I am confused. This will obviously make a big difference whether I can do it or not. Thanks in advance!