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Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Tuition

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 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 out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 Out of State Tuition
Out of State Tuition College Rating $Value
$3,550
Out of State Tuition
1) Taft University System
Santa Ana, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$5,040
Out of State Tuition
2) World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$7,800
Out of State Tuition
3) SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$7,896
Out of State Tuition
4) The National Hispanic University
San Jose, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$7,920
Out of State Tuition
5) California Christian College
Fresno, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$8,036
Out of State Tuition
6) Patten University
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$8,304
Out of State Tuition
7) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$8,400
Out of State Tuition
8) Trident University International
Cypress, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$8,964
Out of State Tuition
9) Epic Bible College
Sacramento, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,000
Out of State Tuition
10) Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,000
Out of State Tuition
11) Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,168
Out of State Tuition
12) University of the West
Rosemead, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,730
Out of State Tuition
13) Lincoln University
Oakland, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,300
Out of State Tuition
14) Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,400
Out of State Tuition
15) Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,515
Out of State Tuition
16) University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,543
Out of State Tuition
17) University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,548
Out of State Tuition
18) University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,549
Out of State Tuition
19) University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,560
Out of State Tuition
20) University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
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