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 2016-2017 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 $13,803 from the 2015-2016 average of $0 and represents a ?% 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 40,497 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 $52,383.

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 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, 7,804 Students
$20,952 n/a n/a
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, 3,213 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 295 Students
$32,440 n/a n/a
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 46 Students
$27,600 n/a n/a
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 163 Students
$28,992 n/a n/a
American River College
Sacramento, 7,140 Students
$0 n/a n/a
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 257 Students
$19,908 n/a n/a
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 4,071 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, 140 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 157 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University Orange County
Orange, 189 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, 128 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, 100 Students
$13,056 n/a n/a
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,774 Students
$40,046 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 1,217 Students
$15,228 n/a n/a
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,271 Students
$35,540 56 44
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, 6,460 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Barstow Community College
Barstow, 1,250 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, 1,536 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 293 Students
$7,250 n/a n/a