I have been a stripper to pay my way through uni....I would do it again also without hesitation. I actually loved the work and given that I have 11 years of formal dance training it would seem a shame to waste my ability anyway (I can probably even still do the splits with little difficulty although I haven't tried since getting preg with my first).
I enjoy dancing and as long as I felt safe and secure in the club I was working in (and the club I did work in was very upmarket and very safe) then I don't see a problem in doing what I love anyway - just without clothes on. It really isn't as seedy and "dirty" as some people believe.....at least not in the place I worked (a very well known club in Melbourne). I also cleared a minimum of $1200 for 3 nights work - and I didn't even work the floor as much as I could have done as I preferred to chat for ages with people I found interesting.
I probably would not consider prositution unless I was in dire straits indeed. However I am currently going to uni and yes it is very tight financially (extra daycare costs, driving, parking, textbooks blah blah blah). I am also doing a double bach in Nursing and Midwifery and my course is not offered online or in any other mode except full-time/on campus. I need to travel half an hour each way to drop my kids off at their sitters and then pick them up + another 20 mins in driving to and from the uni. I really don't have time to get a job, part-time or otherwise unless I want to never see my children. My uni courseload is H.E.A.V.Y and I need weekends to study and make sure I absorb the information I learn during the lectures and keep myself up to date with the readings. A job is really out of the question for me.