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.

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.

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
College Out of State Tuition Rating $Value Request Info
1 Taft University System
Santa Ana, Private
$3,508 n/a n/a
2 World Mission University
Los Angeles, Private
$4,800 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
3 Trident University International
Cypress, Private
$6,600 n/a n/a
4 Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, Private
$7,500 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
5 California Christian College
Fresno, Private
$7,680 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
6 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, Private
$7,800 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
7 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, Private
$7,848 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
8 The National Hispanic University
San Jose, Private
$7,896 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
9 Patten University
Oakland, Private
$8,036 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
10 University of the West
Rosemead, Private
$8,736 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
11 Epic Bible College
Sacramento, Private
$8,964 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
12 Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, Private
$9,000 n/a n/a
13 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, Private
$9,600 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
14 Lincoln University
Oakland, Private
$9,730 n/a n/a Request InfoAd
15 Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, Private
$10,300 n/a n/a
16 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, Private
$10,515 n/a n/a
17 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, Private
$10,543 n/a n/a
18 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, Private
$10,548 n/a n/a
19 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, Private
$10,549 n/a n/a
20 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, Private
$10,560 n/a n/a

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