So here's my situation. I applied and got accepted into CSU East Bay's post bacc program for 2011-2012. I live in Socal and the program is located in Hayward. My plan was to do a post bacc program for a year and then do an SMP afterwards. Since my GPA is really low and my senior year grades especially were bad, I would want to raise my GPA and ensure that I get into a good SMP program. I called the financial aid office today and inquired about how much money I would need to take out. The lady told me I would need 32,000 total to pay for tuition (around 15,000 with all the units I plan to take), off campus housing, food, books, etc. She then told me she highly recommended that I look into taking courses at a local university instead of doing their program, since it would save me a lot of money and it would essentially be the same thing. Would it make a difference if I were to enroll at a local state university (probably CSULA) and take upper division courses through open U versus doing the post bacc program? As far as I know the main difference would be taking courses with other post bacc students only at East Bay and missing out on a committee letter if I take courses on my own (though I'm not even sure if CSU East Bay does a committee letter). Again, this year spent would be the prerequisite to doing a SMP program the following year. Help would be appreciated!