California Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend community college in California?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in California was $4,843 for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a change of ($32) from the 2014-2015 average of $4,875 and represents a -0.66% annual decline. The list of California community colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, provide an excellent money saving opportunity for those concerned with college costs. Many students are choosing to begin their education at community colleges for two years, taking advantage of their lower cost. Then after two years transferring to a full four year institution to pursue a full bachelors degree or higher. Most community colleges also have the benefit of open admission policies.  

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 113 community colleges and universities in California, the most popular being De Anza College with 11,086 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $1,395. East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program is the most expensive community school in California with an in-state tuition of $3,700.

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
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, 3,363 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
American River College
Sacramento, 7,120 Students
$0 n/a n/a
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 4,410 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
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
Butte College
Oroville, 5,799 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Cabrillo College
Aptos, 4,560 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Canada College
Redwood City, 1,100 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Cerritos College
Norwalk, 7,254 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Cerro Coso Community College
Ridgecrest, 929 Students
$1,288 n/a n/a
Chabot College
Hayward, 3,857 Students
$0 n/a n/a
Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, 5,385 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
Citrus College
Glendora, 4,921 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, 7,385 Students
$0 n/a n/a
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, 1,660 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
College of Alameda
Alameda, 830 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a
College of Marin
Kentfield, 1,190 Students
$1,380 n/a n/a
College of San Mateo
San Mateo, 2,227 Students
$1,268 n/a n/a
College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, 6,227 Students
$1,104 n/a n/a

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