Currently I am a senior in high school, and I want to eventually work in animation. I was accepted into SVA, but even with the financial aid, the estimated cost (including tuition, rooming, books, transportation, and personal living expenses) is still $38,868 for the first year. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a scholarship. I just have my single mom who probably can't contribute much money, so I'll have to take out a lot of loans.
So right now I'm trying to decide on one of these options:
1. Attend SVA
2. Apply to SCAD since they have rolling admissions, but I really haven't seen any great student work and I've heard the area isn't that great. Plus it's kind of late so I'm not sure how much aid I could get.
3. Stay home another year and work to earn money and improve my portfolio so I can possibly get scholarships. Then apply to more schools. Also would it be beneficial to take community college classes? I know you can transfer some, but from what I've heard some the classes are too specialized so you can't skip a year and you don't end up saving any money.
I'm aware that there are resources to learn online, like Animation Mentor but I want to be able to learn the whole pipeline and network as well...