California Out of State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Tuition for 2013


Cheapest Colleges in California

College affordability is a significant factor in nearly all students' school selection process, in California and nationwide. With high paying, post graduation employment still difficult to obtain, choosing a college which offers good value for your tuition dollar is more important than ever. If you're looking for an affordable university in California but aren't a state resident, these are the cheap 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.

Keep in mind that affordable doesn't necessarily mean finding a school with a low published tuition. It's important to research the full financial aid package offered by a school and the average net price actually paid. Sometimes a school which appears cheap on the surface can end up being more expensive if the college doesn't offer competitive aid. The methodology for our listings below is a ranking of least expensive published tuition.

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's out of state tuition for the 2012/2013 school year. Click on each school for more specific information on price you can expect to pay, calculate potential student loan payments and formulate a college savings plan.

What is the cheapest college in California? Leading our colleges list is World Mission University in with an out of state tuition of $4,560.

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.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2012-2013 academic year.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
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World Mission University Private $4,560 Get Admission Info
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Bethesda University of California Private $7,500 Get Admission Info
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SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary Private $7,800 Get Admission Info
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The National Hispanic University Private $7,896 Get Admission Info
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Patten University Private $8,036 Get Admission Info
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California Christian College Private $8,060 Get Admission Info
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University of the West Private $8,400 Get Admission Info
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Shasta Bible College and Graduate School Private $9,600 Get Admission Info
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Lincoln University Private $9,730 Get Admission Info
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Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science Private $9,857 Get Admission Info
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King's University Private $10,350 Get Admission Info
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Epic Bible College Private $10,775 Get Admission Info
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Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria Private $10,980 Get Admission Info
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Santa Barbara Business College Ventura Private $10,980 Get Admission Info
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Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield Private $10,980 Get Admission Info
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Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego Private $11,008 Get Admission Info
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Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses Private $11,160 Get Admission Info
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National University Private $11,736 Get Admission Info
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Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary Private $12,000 Get Admission Info
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Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre Private $12,000 Get Admission Info
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Mt Sierra College Private $12,492 Get Admission Info
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Life Pacific College Private $12,600 Get Admission Info
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Southern California Seminary Private $13,320 Get Admission Info
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Southern California Institute of Technology Private $16,900 Get Admission Info
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California State University Stanislaus Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Fresno Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Northridge Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Channel Islands Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Fullerton Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California Maritime Academy Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Sacramento Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Chico Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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San Francisco State University Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Long Beach Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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San Diego State University Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University San Bernardino Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Dominguez Hills Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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San Jose State University Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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California State University Los Angeles Public $17,130 Get Admission Info
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