I got student financial aide and got my degree (in accounting!). My personality doesn't fit with that profession even though I have a specific talent for accounting. I was encouraged to take a look at law school. I did and I completed that, with loans again. I have been an attorney for 20 years, 13 of that as a public defender. I love my job - its a calling not a "job." Everyday I am thankful for all the "government" assistance I received to get here.
And beyond all that, I was a young mother, just missing the hippy era. I had my first two kids on government assistance. My last child was delivered courtsey of military medical insurance (Champus) because my second husband was retired military. I remain eligible for military retirement benefits including an annuity. I don't use TriCare because I have insurance provided by the governmental entity for which I work, helping low income individuals with criminal legal matters.