College Costs in California

The 2023 Directory of California Colleges and Prices

California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $14,442 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $688 lower than the U.S. average and ranks California in the middle of the pack as the 27th most expensive and 26th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of ($146) from the 2019-2020 average of $14,588 and represents a -1% annual decline. The list of California colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 278 colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of California Los Angeles with 43,955 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,442. University of Southern California is the most expensive in California with an in-state tuition of $60,446.

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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

$5,742 33 39
California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, California

$5,742 37 23
California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, California

$5,742 NA NA
Canada College

Redwood City, California

$1,288 NA NA
Cerritos College

Norwalk, California

$1,288 NA NA
Cerro Coso Community College

Ridgecrest, California

$1,380 NA NA
Chabot College

Hayward, California

$1,104 NA NA
Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga, California

$1,104 NA NA
Chapman University

Orange, California

$58,250 80 57
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, California

$14,424 NA NA
Citrus College

Glendora, California

$1,104 NA NA
City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

$0 NA NA
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California

$57,876 96 99
Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, California

$20,784 NA NA
Coleman University

San Diego, California

$20,700 NA NA
College of Alameda

Alameda, California

$1,104 NA NA
College of Marin

Kentfield, California

$1,380 NA NA
College of San Mateo

San Mateo, California

$1,364 NA NA
College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California

$1,104 NA NA