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Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Tuition

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 average net price.

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2014/2015 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 $3,550.

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 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$3,550
In State Tuition
1) Taft University System
Santa Ana, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$5,040
In State Tuition
2) World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$5,472
In State Tuition
3) California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit
88 80
$5,472
In State Tuition
4) California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit
30 73
$5,472
In State Tuition
5) California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, Public Not For Profit
30 76
$5,472
In State Tuition
6) California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit
39 83
$5,472
In State Tuition
7) California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, Public Not For Profit
64 83
$5,472
In State Tuition
8) California State University Chico
Chico, Public Not For Profit
47 72
$5,472
In State Tuition
9) California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, Public Not For Profit
30 90
$5,472
In State Tuition
10) California State University Fresno
Fresno, Public Not For Profit
42 85
$5,472
In State Tuition
11) California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, Public Not For Profit
58 88
$5,472
In State Tuition
12) California State University East Bay
Hayward, Public Not For Profit
46 75
$5,472
In State Tuition
13) California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, Public Not For Profit
69 88
$5,472
In State Tuition
14) California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit
25 81
$5,472
In State Tuition
15) California State University Northridge
Northridge, Public Not For Profit
39 73
$5,472
In State Tuition
16) California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, Public Not For Profit
36 75
$5,472
In State Tuition
17) California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, Public Not For Profit
58 75
$5,472
In State Tuition
18) Humboldt State University
Arcata, Public Not For Profit
37 64
$5,472
In State Tuition
19) San Diego State University
San Diego, Public Not For Profit
78 87
$5,472
In State Tuition
20) San Francisco State University
San Francisco, Public Not For Profit
46 74
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