California Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend public college in California?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in California was $7,039 for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a change of $0 from the 2014-2015 average of $7,039 and represents a 0% annual increase. The list of California public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of California and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 146 public 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. University of California Berkeley is the most expensive public school in California with an in-state tuition of $11,220.

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
California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, 992 Students
$5,472 n/a n/a
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo  Best Value
San Luis Obispo, 19,306 Students
$5,472 89 81
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, 20,321 Students
$5,472 67 85
California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 7,547 Students
$5,472 n/a n/a
California State University Channel Islands
Camarillo, 4,939 Students
$5,472 n/a n/a
California State University Chico
Chico, 15,771 Students
$5,472 44 73
California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, 9,801 Students
$5,472 n/a n/a
California State University East Bay
Hayward, 11,885 Students
$5,472 n/a n/a
California State University Fresno
Fresno, 19,644 Students
$5,472 41 86
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, 29,224 Students
$5,472 56 90
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, 30,092 Students
$5,472 68 88
California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 19,557 Students
$5,472 24 88

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