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.

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

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's out of 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 out of 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 Out of 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 Trident University International
Cypress, Private
$6,600
4 Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, Private
$7,500
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5 California Christian College
Fresno, Private
$7,680
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6 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, Private
$7,800
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7 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, Private
$7,848
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8 The National Hispanic University
San Jose, Private
$7,896
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9 Patten University
Oakland, Private
$8,036
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10 University of the West
Rosemead, Private
$8,736
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11 Epic Bible College
Sacramento, Private
$8,964
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12 Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, Private
$9,000
13 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, Private
$9,600
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14 Lincoln University
Oakland, Private
$9,730
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15 Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, Private
$10,300
16 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, Private
$10,515
17 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, Private
$10,543
18 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, Private
$10,548
19 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, Private
$10,549
20 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, Private
$10,560
21 King's University
Van Nuys, Private
$10,800
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22 Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses
Stockton, Private
$11,277
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23 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, Private
$11,856
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24 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Blue Lake, Private
$12,000
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25 Life Pacific College
San Dimas, Private
$12,000
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26 National University
La Jolla, Private
$12,096
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27 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria
Santa Maria, Private
$12,348
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28 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, Private
$12,348
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29 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura
Ventura, Private
$12,464
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30 Mt Sierra College
Monrovia, Private
$12,492
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31 Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary
Los Angeles, Private
$12,600
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32 Southern California Seminary
El Cajon, Private
$13,320
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33 Argosy University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Private
$13,464
34 Argosy University San Diego
San Diego, Private
$13,464
35 Argosy University Orange County
Orange, Private
$13,464
36 Argosy University San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, Private
$13,464
37 Argosy University Inland Empire
Ontario, Private
$13,464
38 Everest College Ontario Metro
Ontario, Private
$14,238
39 Platt College Los Angeles
Alhambra, Private
$14,572
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40 Platt College Ontario
Ontario, Private
$14,572
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41 Westwood College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Private
$14,832
42 Westwood College Anaheim
Anaheim, Private
$14,871
43 Westwood College South Bay
Torrance, Private
$14,871
44 Westwood College Inland Empire
Upland, Private
$14,871
45 Touro College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, Private
$15,490
46 International Academy of Design and Technology Sacramento
Sacramento, Private
$15,508
47 DeVry University California
Pomona, Private
$15,835
48 Cogswell College
Sunnyvale, Private
$15,980
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49 California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, Public
$16,632
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50 California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, Public
$16,632
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