I hope this is the right place to ask this question..
I'm currently 17 and am about to start my senior year of high school in about a month. I know my work is very low quality right now but I consider myself very dedicated and am also not completely set on going to school straight after high school, but rather waiting a year to strengthen my portfolio.
My doubts on going to art school all revolve around the costs unfortunately. I know basically nothing of financial aid or anything, and have no idea where to start. Looking at schools it appears most cost around $30,000 a year or so, maybe less maybe more. My parents are willing to pay for around $10,000 or so a year for college, but not any more then that. I am worried because hearing about scholarships a lot seem to be that they are awarded based on financial need, and my parents make a good amount of money (over $200,000 a year combined.) I'm not sure why they won't pay for more of my college... They won't even pay for my driving insurance.
Another problem is the lack of colleges in my area, I live in Southern California in San Bernardino, the closest art school I've found is Calarts about an hour and a half away. So basically to go to any school I would have to move out.
My question is whether or not it is realistic for me to be able to go to Art school, getting financial aid for the rest of my tuition while also paying to live away from home. I am also not opposed to attending an Atelier which seems like they would be cheaper, but the only one I know of is the Concept Art one, which although I would love go to but I can't see my skills being high enough to attend for a while.
My last question is my parents seem to be pushing for me to go to community college then transfer to a university, do community college credits transfer to art schools?
Thanks for any help on the matter, It's difficult to get information as my parents share the common views of seeing art school as a waste of time and money.