My dad lost his job before I started university and I needed to work at least part time to send money back to them to pay the mortgage and pay for rent and stuff. There is no true solution for these types of problems, only subjective advice. Talk to your parents about what type of help they need, then you can create selection criteria that will help you choose a school that fits your goals and ability to help. Personal example - I decided not to go to any west coast school because I couldn't quickly go home in an emergency. I decided to go to a slightly lower ranked program because the living expenses were more manageable so I wouldn't have to spend more time working than I had to so I could focus on studying. If you make a decision out of jealously, you may make a choice that doesn't actually benefit you in the short or long term. Define your situation, the limits for you and your family, your future goals and how a school selection affects that, what help you can provide that will make the most impact on the situation, and then work with your family on a path forward. It won't be neat, it will be hard, but it's not impossible - if everyone supports each other, you have a good foundation for success.