California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $14,229 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is $178 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 $426 from the 2015-2016 average of $13,803 and represents a 3.09% 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 $56,331.

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.

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, 3,560 Students
$1,288 - -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 263 Students
$34,410 - -
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 46 Students
$29,355 - -
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 131 Students
$30,480 - -
American River College
Sacramento, 6,173 Students
$0 - -
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 293 Students
$21,420 - -
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 3,989 Students
$1,104 - -
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,952 Students
$42,816 - -
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 1,003 Students
$10,200 - -
Azusa Pacific University  Best Value
Azusa, 7,194 Students
$38,300 70 59
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, 7,351 Students
$1,288 - -
Barstow Community College
Barstow, 1,186 Students
$1,104 - -
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, 1,648 Students
$1,104 - -
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 254 Students
$7,875 - -
Biola University  Best Value
La Mirada, 4,656 Students
$40,488 62 47
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 1,083 Students
$11,000 - -
Butte College
Oroville, 4,798 Students
$1,104 - -
Cabrillo College
Aptos, 4,002 Students
$1,104 - -
California Baptist University
Riverside, 8,360 Students
$31,668 47 45
California Christian College
Fresno, 6 Students
$8,880 - -