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 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.

California's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating $Value
1 Taft University System
Santa Ana, Private
$3,508 n/a n/a
2 World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private
$4,800 n/a n/a
3 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Public
$5,472 88 82
4 California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, Public
$5,472 30 81
5 California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, Public
$5,472 30 78
6 California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, Public
$5,472 39 84
7 California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, Public
$5,472 64 89
8 California State University Chico
Chico, Public
$5,472 47 76
9 California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, Public
$5,472 30 91
10 California State University Fresno
Fresno, Public
$5,472 42 86
11 California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, Public
$5,472 58 92
12 California State University East Bay
Hayward, Public
$5,472 46 81
13 California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, Public
$5,472 69 90
14 California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Public
$5,472 25 87
15 California State University Northridge
Northridge, Public
$5,472 39 76
16 California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, Public
$5,472 36 76
17 California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, Public
$5,472 58 77
18 Humboldt State University
Arcata, Public
$5,472 37 70
19 San Diego State University
San Diego, Public
$5,472 78 89
20 San Francisco State University
San Francisco, Public
$5,472 46 77


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