California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $13,947 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is $165 lower than the U.S. average and ranks California in the middle of the pack as the 24th most expensive and 29th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $144 from the 2015-2016 average of $13,803 and represents a 1.04% 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 42,011 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,502. Harvey Mudd College is the most expensive in California with an in-state tuition of $54,347.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, 3,299 Students
$1,288 - -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 303 Students
$33,420 - -
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 54 Students
$28,500 - -
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 150 Students
$29,592 - -
American River College
Sacramento, 6,640 Students
$0 - -
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 262 Students
$19,908 - -
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 4,117 Students
$1,104 - -
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, 1,826 Students
$41,408 - -
Azusa Pacific Online University
Glendora, 809 Students
$10,200 - -
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, 7,258 Students
$36,926 66 52
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, 6,603 Students
$1,288 - -
Barstow Community College
Barstow, 1,190 Students
$1,104 - -
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, 1,405 Students
$1,104 - -
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 264 Students
$7,718 - -
Biola University
La Mirada, 4,855 Students
$38,448 69 54
Bryan University
Los Angeles, 1,489 Students
$13,950 - -
Butte College
Oroville, 5,186 Students
$1,104 - -
Cabrillo College
Aptos, 4,220 Students
$1,104 - -
California Baptist University
Riverside, 7,087 Students
$30,446 51 49
California Christian College
Fresno, 11 Students
$8,640 - -