Many student are not aware that you can take a CSU without paying tuition. Ask about cross enrollment.
the following information is what i found for the school i am attending "El Camino College" in Torrence CA.
ECC students who are eligible may cross-enroll at CSU Dominguez Hills or CSU Long Beach without formal admission and without payment of State University tuition, in a maximum of one baccalaureate - level course per semester on a space available basis. You can get more information from the ECC Admissions office or Counseling Center.