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 tuition. 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 tuition 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 net price.
The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2013/2014 school year.
What is the cheapest college in California? Leading our colleges list is Taft University System in Santa Ana with an in state tuition of $3,508.
Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.
All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.
|College||In State Tuition||Rating||$Value|
|1||Taft University System
Santa Ana, Private
|2||World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private
|3||California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Public
|4||California State University Bakersfield
|5||California State University Stanislaus
|6||California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, Public
|7||California State Polytechnic University Pomona
|8||California State University Chico
|9||California State University Dominguez Hills
|10||California State University Fresno
|11||California State University Fullerton
|12||California State University East Bay
|13||California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, Public
|14||California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Public
|15||California State University Northridge
|16||California State University Sacramento
|17||California Maritime Academy
|18||Humboldt State University
|19||San Diego State University
San Diego, Public
|20||San Francisco State University
San Francisco, Public
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