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Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in California but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in California for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of state total cost. 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 out of state total cost 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.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our California tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's out of state total cost list price for the 2017/2018 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in California? Leading the colleges list is World Mission University in Los Angeles with an out of state total cost of $15,621.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$15,621
Out of State Total Cost
1) World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
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$15,832
Out of State Total Cost
2) Trident University International
Cypress, Private For Profit
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$16,780
Out of State Total Cost
3) California Christian College
Fresno, Private Not For Profit
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$17,124
Out of State Total Cost
4) SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
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$17,505
Out of State Total Cost
5) University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, Private For Profit
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$17,533
Out of State Total Cost
6) University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, Private For Profit
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$17,538
Out of State Total Cost
7) University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, Private For Profit
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$17,539
Out of State Total Cost
8) University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, Private For Profit
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$17,550
Out of State Total Cost
9) University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, Private For Profit
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$18,174
Out of State Total Cost
10) Patten University
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
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$18,216
Out of State Total Cost
11) Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, Private Not For Profit
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$19,200
Out of State Total Cost
12) Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, Private Not For Profit
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$19,880
Out of State Total Cost
13) Lincoln University
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
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$19,946
Out of State Total Cost
14) The National Hispanic University
San Jose, Private For Profit
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$21,308
Out of State Total Cost
15) University of the West
Rosemead, Private Not For Profit
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$21,791
Out of State Total Cost
16) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, Private For Profit
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$21,800
Out of State Total Cost
17) Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, Private Not For Profit
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$21,816
Out of State Total Cost
18) Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, Private For Profit
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$21,816
Out of State Total Cost
19) Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria
Santa Maria, Private For Profit
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$21,816
Out of State Total Cost
20) Santa Barbara Business College Ventura
Ventura, Private For Profit
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