How should a single mother approach her finances as she is returning back to school?

I am a 32 year old single mother of two kids and am returning to school this fall. I already have a LVN certificate and am going back to get my associates degree in nursing. My question is, would it be financially sensible to pay off my current loan of approximately $30K with the cash reserves (approximately $22K saved up) I have been saving. Or is it better to use that money to pay cash for the new college tuition this fall? I don't want to incur more student loan debt than is necessary.

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June 2017
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With tuition rising as it is and the uncertaintly of what your future interest rate could be when the new loans go into repayment AND your understandable wish to not take on any more student loan debt, I'm all for paying your tuition in cash if you have it. If you can keep repaying your current student loan while you are in school, do it.

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