I took a two year course at my community college and got a associate’s in illustration. I kinda knew that I wouldn’t be able to afford going to a university and only really applied to two art schools that weren’t too far from home (Corcoran and MICA). It was better for me financially, but sometimes I wonder if I should’ve gone and taken advantage of the opportunity. I still loved the classes I took and all of my teachers were awesome.
For you, it depends on what you’re looking for. School can be an excellent way to build up your portfolio and network with other artists! But if you can do that without the help of school, then eff it! Make it on your own!