What I'd recommend is that you ditch the animation school thing entirely. What art-based schools usually teach you is
1. How to approach your art (animation in your case) as a job
2. How to critically look at your art and accept critique
3. The basics concerning your artform as well as exploring different mediums.
All of these things can be achieved by yourself and if you need a mentor there are cheaper ways online for example animatorsguild.com and you can do that once ever two months or so. Post your animations on forums and receive critique, do some online research. There is a big community that can help educate you and further you on your journey that can be tapped into either for free or a much lower cost.