If you have talent, you may be able to get a scholarship for your acting school or your acting classes. In fact, this is the perfect way for you to fund your education. Look into scholarships from local acting facilities including area businesses that support the arts.
A good way to get a feeling for an acting school is to simply visit it and to go through an interview with them. Not only are they interviewing you to determine how well you fit the school, but this is a good time for you to interview them to see if in fact this is the school that's right for you.