I have an idea thats kind of out there. I take some programming courses at CPCC (Central Piedmont Community College). The courses are very inexpensive and good they are all online with the exception og one and it is in the new technology building.
This is a lead in to your question, CPCC has one of the top gaming instructors/coursees in the country. Our instructor showed us a slide talking about a nationwide gaming competition they just competed in and scored very high(got top honrs) but didn't win and they were competing with some of the biggest name colleges in the nation (Purdue,Stanfordetc.....).
You may be able to take enough online classes just to get the ball rolling, just a thoughthttp://www.cpcc.edu/