California Colleges, Cost and Affordability

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $13,242 for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is $474 higher than the U.S. average and ranks California as the 24th most expensive and 29th most affordable state or district to attend college. Our list of California colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 334 colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of California Los Angeles with 37,900 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 $46,234.

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 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 10,383 Students
$18,840 n/a n/a
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, 2,948 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 193 Students
$29,900 n/a n/a
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 25 Students
$18,866 n/a n/a
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 225 Students
$26,784 25 n/a
American River College
Sacramento, 9,637 Students
$0 n/a n/a
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 228 Students
$19,548 n/a n/a
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 4,401 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 368 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 380 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 596 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 309 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 577 Students
$13,464 n/a n/a
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,515 Students
$35,980 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 50 Students
$10,300 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 6,805 Students
$31,416 76 64
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, 5,359 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Barstow Community College
Barstow, 1,056 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, 1,363 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 274 Students
$7,500 n/a n/a

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