William, have you considered moving to Texas and then after a year or however long it is, attending the University of Texas at Austin? First rate university, extremely inexpensive compared to anything on the Shaky Side or on the Dirty Side.
It used to be a sound decision to go to college, then seek work.
But times have changed. It's now often a very unwise decision, as to one's financial health, freedom of movement, palette of life choices, even work opportunities. Every person's case is different, of course. But it ain't 1980 anymore!
By the way, "Shaky Side" is what truckers used to call the West Coast, "Dirty Side" the East Coast.