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Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of California these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in California list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our California tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2016/2017 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in California? Leading the colleges list is World Mission University in Los Angeles with an in state total cost of $15,301.

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 rating methodology.

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.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$15,301
In State Total Cost
1) World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
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$15,496
In State Total Cost
2) Trident University International
Cypress, Private For Profit
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$15,525
In State Total Cost
3) SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
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$16,440
In State Total Cost
4) California Christian College
Fresno, Private Not For Profit
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$16,610
In State Total Cost
5) Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, Private Not For Profit
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$17,491
In State Total Cost
6) California State University Fresno
Fresno, Public Not For Profit
45 87
$17,505
In State Total Cost
7) University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, Private For Profit
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$17,533
In State Total Cost
8) University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, Private For Profit
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$17,538
In State Total Cost
9) University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, Private For Profit
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$17,539
In State Total Cost
10) University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, Private For Profit
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$17,550
In State Total Cost
11) University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, Private For Profit
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$17,710
In State Total Cost
12) California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, Public Not For Profit
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$18,174
In State Total Cost
13) Patten University
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
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$18,459
In State Total Cost
14) California State University Northridge
Northridge, Public Not For Profit
49 84
$18,528
In State Total Cost
15) San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus
Calexico, Public Not For Profit
54 100
$19,200
In State Total Cost
16) Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, Private Not For Profit
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$19,515
In State Total Cost
17) Lincoln University
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
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$19,648
In State Total Cost
18) California State University Monterey Bay
Seaside, Public Not For Profit
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$19,946
In State Total Cost
19) The National Hispanic University
San Jose, Private For Profit
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$20,114
In State Total Cost
20) California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, Public Not For Profit
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