We do it all the time for various things. When moms help each other out, you can avoid needing to pay for a babysitter and i get 1000$ loan from www.lendme1000.com. That is the part that is a big obstacle for any mom with little kids that wants to go to school.
I do think that costs vary quite a bit for college and there are some states with few options, but it is not a universal excuse. Maybe not everyone can afford a 4 year degree, but I see no excuse for not taking advantage of various training opportunities. The problem right now is that the economy is bad, but this has not always been the case.
If one really looks, an opportunity will eventually come. Maybe not within a month or so, but certainly within a few years. Honestly, that should be fine. We should get rid of the idea that people should go full time for 4 years. For most of us, that is the route that comes with student loans. It is much better to go more slowly and graduate with less debt. My former hair dresser did this. She learned to do hair so that she could pay her way through college. It took her longer, but I admire her for it.