College Costs in California

The 2021 Directory of California Colleges and Prices

California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $14,519 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is $146 lower than the U.S. average and ranks California in the middle of the pack as the 23rd most expensive and 30th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $249 from the 2018-2019 average of $14,270 and represents a 1.74% annual increase. The list of California colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 280 colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of California Los Angeles with 42,895 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,442. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive in California with an in-state tuition of $58,359.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. California colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in California or cheap California colleges guide.

<Academic 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 ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, California

$1,288 NA NA
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

$35,440 NA NA
American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, California

$30,235 NA NA
American Jewish University

Los Angeles, California

$30,480 NA NA
American River College

Sacramento, California

$0 NA NA
American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, California

$21,420 NA NA
Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California

$1,104 NA NA
Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, California

$44,272 NA NA
Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, California

$10,800 NA NA
Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

$39,640 70 80
Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California

$1,288 NA NA
Barstow Community College

Barstow, California

$1,104 NA NA
Berkeley City College

Berkeley, California

$1,104 NA NA
Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, California

$7,875 NA NA
Biola University

La Mirada, California

$41,976 65 48
Bryan University

Los Angeles, California

$10,050 NA NA
Butte College

Oroville, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cabrillo College

Aptos, California

$1,104 NA NA
California Baptist University

Riverside, California

$32,942 47 42
California Christian College

Fresno, California

$9,120 NA NA