California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $13,803 for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is $217 higher than the U.S. average and ranks California in the middle of the pack as the 23rd most expensive and 30th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $311 from the 2014-2015 average of $13,492 and represents a 2.31% annual increase. The list of California colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 331 colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of California Los Angeles with 40,538 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,220. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive in California with an in-state tuition of $50,368.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. California colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in California or cheap California colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 8,843 Students
$20,040 n/a n/a
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, 3,363 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 280 Students
$29,900 n/a n/a
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 48 Students
$26,750 n/a n/a
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 175 Students
$28,416 n/a n/a
American River College
Sacramento, 7,120 Students
$0 n/a n/a
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 282 Students
$19,908 n/a n/a
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 4,410 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 212 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 210 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 224 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 175 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 109 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,740 Students
$38,730 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 807 Students
$12,000 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,309 Students
$34,174 62 49
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, 5,940 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Barstow Community College
Barstow, 403 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, 1,260 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 272 Students
$9,000 n/a n/a

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