Not the guy you replied to, but in many industries (can't speak for any 3d industry - it's just a hobby for me) a college degree isn't even necessary. We're living in a time where virtually all the knowledge you could ever want is available for free or cheap. I work for a software/tech company, where the lowest paid employees start between $36-44k/yr, and the highest make six figures. There's one guy in the whole building with a degree, and its not applicable to our field.
Now I realize that doesn't sound like a lot of money for a tech company, but it's better than having a degree and working at staples to pay off your student loan debt. It's also a stepping stone to give me knowledge in my field, while making a decent amount of money.
Right now, having applicable knowledge (whether self-taught or learned in college), networking skills, and a portfolio (or insert whatever equivalent word for your field) will get you further than a degree alone, and you won't be left with the loan debt.
That's not to say there's no value to college. There is. The value in college has more to do with connections than a piece of paper. You can get great contacts in your target industry by graduating from a university, but it's not the only angle.
I also can't say that college classes don't teach you anything, because they do. But you don't need to graduate to get that knowledge. I attended community college just to take the specific classes that interested me, and I'm far better off because of it. Only sets you back a few hundred bucks per semester, and only taking the classes you're interested in saves you time so you don't have to lost hours at work.
The key is having a drive for knowledge/skills and being able to connect with people, and that's more true now than it has ever been.
Unless you want the college experience, or you're going into a field that requires it like medicine, you're probably better off without it. Go chase your dreams, don't waste any more time.