Little Elm, Texas
Try not to be afraid of debts. America is built on debt the main thing is get smart at it. Apply for scholarships or grants it will help. Take classes about how to manage your debt for example Suzan Orman or Dave Ramsey and others. Increase your knowledge about debt and do not think you will become a burden to your family.
Remember family will have your back not friends.
Good luck - do not let the word "poor" control your future you could change your future outcome.