Online courses offer the advantage of time and location flexibility which can be extremely helpful for those working and attending college simultaneously. Online degrees are a great way for working mothers to further their education while balancing child care duties. In some cases, the cost of online courses is more affordable than attending traditional on-campus classes, especially if you factor in the cost of commuting to class if you don't live near a traditional campus.
Our list below of the lowest cost online colleges in California is not confined to online-only colleges, but includes all four year colleges in California which offer distance learning classes through the internet. Selecting a local college in California which offers both online degrees or online classes will give you the option of attending class either in a traditional classroom or online.
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. Read 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.
Please click into the schools below for more detailed cost information and links to each college's website where you can get more information about the specific cost of online degrees and classes offered.