Mom: I'll Raise 14 Kids on Student Loans

Octuplets' mother has 'an alternative way'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2009 12:44 PM CST

(Newser) – Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman has no income “at the moment” and will "temporarily" use student loans to raise her children, she said on the Today show. “I am providing for my children,” Suleman said. “I have my own way. It’s an alternative way, but it works.” Suleman receives $490 a month in food stamps and disability aid for three of her older children but doesn’t regard the money as welfare, MSNBC reports.

“They are part of programs designed to help people with need, and she does not see that as welfare,” said Suleman’s publicist. Suleman said she saved as much as she could:  “I was hoarding my money—nonstop working. My friends would go, ‘Are you saving for a house, a car?’ ‘No, I’m saving for babies.’”