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.

Keep in mind that 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 methodology for the list below is solely 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.

Another affordable option for California students is to study at a community college for two years, then progress to a full four year college to earn your bachelors degree. A comprehensive list of California community colleges can be found here with annual tuition that may be cheaper than four year colleges.

Academic Score is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectivness. An average score is 50. College which are "not ranked" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score.

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.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
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1 Taft University System
Santa Ana, Private
$3,508
2 World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private
$4,800
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3 California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, Public
$5,472
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4 California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, Public
$5,472
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5 San Jose State University
San Jose, Public
$5,472
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6 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus
Calexico, Public
$5,472
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7 California State University Northridge
Northridge, Public
$5,472
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8 California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, Public
$5,472
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9 California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, Public
$5,472
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10 Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, Public
$5,472
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11 California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, Public
$5,472
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12 California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, Public
$5,472
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13 California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, Public
$5,472
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14 California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, Public
$5,472
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15 California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, Public
$5,472
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16 California State University Monterey Bay
Seaside, Public
$5,472
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17 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, Public
$5,472
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18 California State University Channel Islands
Camarillo, Public
$5,472
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19 California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, Public
$5,472
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20 San Francisco State University
San Francisco, Public
$5,472
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21 Humboldt State University
Arcata, Public
$5,472
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22 California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Public
$5,472
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23 California State University East Bay
Hayward, Public
$5,472
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24 San Diego State University
San Diego, Public
$5,472
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25 California State University Fresno
Fresno, Public
$5,472
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26 California State University Chico
Chico, Public
$5,472
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27 Trident University International
Cypress, Private
$6,600
28 Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, Private
$7,500
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29 California Christian College
Fresno, Private
$7,680
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30 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, Private
$7,800
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31 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, Private
$7,848
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32 The National Hispanic University
San Jose, Private
$7,896
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33 Patten University
Oakland, Private
$8,036
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34 University of the West
Rosemead, Private
$8,736
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35 Epic Bible College
Sacramento, Private
$8,964
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36 Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, Private
$9,000
37 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, Private
$9,600
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38 Lincoln University
Oakland, Private
$9,730
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39 Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, Private
$10,300
40 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, Private
$10,515
41 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, Private
$10,543
42 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, Private
$10,548
43 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, Private
$10,549
44 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, Private
$10,560
45 King's University
Van Nuys, Private
$10,800
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46 University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, Public
$11,220
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47 University of California Riverside
Riverside, Public
$11,220
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48 University of California Merced
Merced, Public
$11,220
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49 University of California Irvine
Irvine, Public
$11,220
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50 University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, Public
$11,220
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