I have seen a some really good students finish one of my classes looking totally and completely exhausted. I asked them: “Is everything okay?” They would tell me what was going on in their life at the moment. I was shocked at their responses. Most of them had full-time jobs, were supporting their families, and attempting to go to school full-time all at once. When do they have time for studying and doing homework? Should these students have gone to school part-time instead? The decision to go to school part-time or full-time is a personal one.
If working is not optional for you, then you may want to consider going to school part-time. Some colleges and universities have some financial aide and scholarships for students who go to school at least half-time. This is something you would have to investigate before applying. Some colleges even have specialized programs for working adults. I choose to go to school part-time because I knew that working was not optional for me and I needed extra time to manage my chronic illness.
Going to school full-time can also have a lot of benefits. One of the most important is more opportunities for scholarships, grants, financial aide, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships. Taking on a full course load is a lot of work. Make sure you consider methods of managing your chronic illness while going to school full-time.
You need to investigate both options and decide which makes sense for your own situation.