Most companies don’t care if you have a nice paper saying that you studied programming at college: people care that you can show that your coding skills are good, and that you love to code.
Tell that to the automated resume scanners on the ATS’s
On a more serious note, as someone who’s started their career at the same age, I regret skipping college somewhat. It’s hard for me to meet and interact with people around my age. My friends who went to college are living life, having fun, etc, while I’m working. Most of the people I interact with at work, meetups, etc. are at least 5 years older than me.