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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
Azusa, 7,194 Students
$38,300 64 55
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
La Mirada, 4,656 Students
$40,488 64 48
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 46 44
California Christian College
Fresno, 6 Students
$8,880 - -
California College of the Arts
Oakland, 1,710 Students
$48,648 - -
California College San Diego
San Diego, 200 Students
$18,480 - -
California Institute of Technology  Best Value
Pasadena, 2,233 Students
$50,487 98 75
California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, 1,487 Students
$48,660 - -
California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, 3,961 Students
$42,210 61 54
California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, 975 Students
$5,742 - -
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo  Best Value
San Luis Obispo, 20,996 Students
$5,742 91 79
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, 22,626 Students
$5,742 66 81
California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 8,914 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University Channel Islands
Camarillo, 6,160 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University Chico
Chico, 16,001 Students
$5,742 56 74
California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, 12,183 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University East Bay
Hayward, 11,886 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University Fresno
Fresno, 21,444 Students
$5,742 45 87
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, 30,332 Students
$5,742 65 86
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, 31,079 Students
$5,742 73 86
California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 23,097 Students
$5,742 40 90
California State University Monterey Bay
Seaside, 6,457 Students
$5,742 44 74
California State University Northridge
Northridge, 31,524 Students
$5,742 48 87
California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, 25,467 Students
$5,742 40 75
California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, 17,175 Students
$5,742 41 78
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, 12,656 Students
$5,742 48 78
California State University Stanislaus
Turlock, 8,737 Students
$5,742 - -
Canada College
Redwood City, 999 Students
$1,288 - -
Cerritos College
Norwalk, 6,566 Students
$1,288 - -
Cerro Coso Community College
Ridgecrest, 944 Students
$1,288 - -
Chabot College
Hayward, 3,837 Students
$0 - -
Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, 6,370 Students
$1,104 - -
Chapman University  Best Value
Orange, 8,598 Students
$52,340 82 51
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, 521 Students
$13,872 45 100
Citrus College
Glendora, 5,416 Students
$1,104 - -
City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, 8,088 Students
$0 - -
Claremont McKenna College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,324 Students
$54,160 97 70
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, 1,370 Students
$1,104 - -
Cogswell College
Sunnyvale, 411 Students
$19,056 - -
Coleman University
San Diego, 257 Students
$20,700 - -
College of Alameda
Alameda, 1,205 Students
$1,104 - -
College of Marin
Kentfield, 1,345 Students
$1,380 - -
College of San Mateo
San Mateo, 2,363 Students
$1,288 - -
College of the Canyons
Santa Clarita, 6,075 Students
$1,104 - -
College of the Desert
Palm Desert, 4,577 Students
$1,297 - -
College of the Redwoods
Eureka, 1,725 Students
$1,143 - -
College of the Sequoias
Visalia, 5,100 Students
$1,288 - -
College of the Siskiyous
Weed, 777 Students
$1,104 - -
Columbia College
Sonora, 699 Students
$1,104 - -
Columbia College Hollywood
Tarzana, 481 Students
$24,000 - -
Community Christian College
Redlands, 24 Students
$7,875 - -
Concordia University Irvine
Irvine, 3,381 Students
$34,700 63 60
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, 1,921 Students
$1,288 - -
Copper Mountain Community College
Joshua Tree, 585 Students
$1,104 - -
Cosumnes River College
Sacramento, 3,749 Students
$0 - -
Crafton Hills College
Yucaipa, 2,015 Students
$1,104 - -
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, 3,190 Students
$1,288 - -
Cuyamaca College
El Cajon, 2,241 Students
$1,334 - -
Cypress College
Cypress, 5,096 Students
$1,104 - -
De Anza College
Cupertino, 9,210 Students
$1,395 - -
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Blue Lake, 30 Students
$12,600 - -
Design Institute of San Diego
San Diego, 59 Students
$23,850 - -
DeVry University California
Pomona, 5,244 Students
$15,835 - -
Diablo Valley College
Pleasant Hill, 7,440 Students
$1,288 - -
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, 1,430 Students
$45,350 43 21
East Los Angeles College
Monterey Park, 7,810 Students
$1,196 - -
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
West Covina, 66 Students
$3,700 - -
El Camino College Compton Center
Compton, 1,328 Students
$1,104 - -
El Camino Community College District
Torrance, 7,782 Students
$1,104 - -
Epic Bible College
Sacramento, 48 Students
$8,964 - -
Evergreen Valley College
San Jose, 3,138 Students
$1,288 - -
Expression College for Digital Arts
Emeryville, 603 Students
$25,000 - -
Fashion Careers College
San Diego, 101 Students
$21,775 - -
Feather River Community College District
Quincy, 554 Students
$1,380 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 2,007 Students
$31,141 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Orange County
Irvine, 59 Students
$31,141 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego
San Diego, 61 Students
$31,141 - -
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco
San Francisco, 169 Students
$31,141 - -
Folsom Lake College
Folsom, 2,464 Students
$0 - -
Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, 4,372 Students
$1,395 - -
Fresno City College
Fresno, 7,719 Students
$1,104 - -
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, 2,974 Students
$31,966 32 56
Fullerton College
Fullerton, 7,225 Students
$1,104 - -
Gavilan College
Gilroy, 1,775 Students
$1,104 - -
Glendale Community College
Glendale, 6,519 Students
$1,104 - -
Golden West College
Huntington Beach, 3,699 Students
$1,104 - -
Golf Academy of America Carlsbad
Carlsbad, 103 Students
$15,750 - -
Grossmont College
El Cajon, 6,162 Students
$1,334 - -
Hands on Medical Massage School
Redlands, 19 Students
$11,076 - -
Hartnell College
Salinas, 3,493 Students
$1,400 - -
Harvey Mudd College  Best Value
Claremont, 887 Students
$56,331 96 60
Holy Names University
Oakland, 724 Students
$38,800 31 29
Hope International University
Fullerton, 919 Students
$32,250 48 48
Horizon College San Diego
San Diego, 0 Students
$9,000 - -
Humboldt State University
Arcata, 7,148 Students
$5,742 35 60
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses
Stockton, 266 Students
$14,292 - -
Imperial Valley College
Imperial, 4,102 Students
$1,104 - -
International Professional School of Bodywork
San Diego, 57 Students
$7,220 - -
Irvine Valley College
Irvine, 4,831 Students
$1,104 - -
John Paul the Great Catholic University
San Diego, 287 Students
$25,200 36 17
King's University
Van Nuys, 338 Students
$13,650 65 63
La Sierra University
Riverside, 1,914 Students
$31,788 44 42
Laguna College of Art and Design
Laguna Beach, 658 Students
$30,700 - -
Lake Tahoe Community College
South Lake Tahoe, 631 Students
$1,209 - -
Laney College
Oakland, 2,613 Students
$1,104 - -
Las Positas College
Livermore, 2,959 Students
$1,104 - -
Lassen Community College
Susanville, 539 Students
$1,104 - -
Life Pacific College
San Dimas, 530 Students
$14,904 14 -
Lincoln University
Oakland, 548 Students
$10,680 - -
Long Beach City College
Long Beach, 8,754 Students
$1,104 - -
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles, 3,935 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Angeles College of Music
Pasadena, 278 Students
$23,704 - -
Los Angeles Harbor College
Wilmington, 2,545 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Angeles Mission College
Sylmar, 2,194 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Angeles Pierce College
Woodland Hills, 5,363 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles, 1,337 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles, 3,187 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Angeles Valley College
Valley Glen, 4,115 Students
$1,196 - -
Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, 3,113 Students
$1,288 - -
Loyola Marymount University  Best Value
Los Angeles, 8,750 Students
$47,470 87 51
Marymount California University
Rancho Palos Verdes, 737 Students
$34,134 - -
Mendocino College
Ukiah, 1,021 Students
$1,380 - -
Menlo College
Atherton, 720 Students
$42,050 47 37
Merced College
Merced, 4,743 Students
$1,104 - -
Merritt College
Oakland, 1,626 Students
$1,104 - -
Mills College
Oakland, 1,072 Students
$28,765 55 53
MiraCosta College
Oceanside, 5,062 Students
$1,288 - -
Mission College
Santa Clara, 1,902 Students
$1,104 - -
Modesto Junior College
Modesto, 5,630 Students
$1,104 - -
Monterey Peninsula College
Monterey, 2,342 Students
$1,104 - -
Moorpark College
Moorpark, 5,593 Students
$1,338 - -
Moreno Valley College
Moreno Valley, 2,338 Students
$1,380 - -
Mount St. Mary's College
Los Angeles, 2,380 Students
$40,018 30 4
Mt Sierra College
Monrovia, 112 Students
$14,220 - -
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, 10,238 Students
$1,288 - -
Mt. San Jacinto Community College District
San Jacinto, 5,496 Students
$1,380 - -
Musicians Institute
Hollywood, 820 Students
$23,985 - -
Napa Valley College
Napa, 2,006 Students
$1,104 - -
National University
La Jolla, 8,034 Students
$13,320 - -
Newschool of Architecture and Design
San Diego, 464 Students
$26,976 - -
Norco College
Norco, 2,145 Students
$1,380 - -
Notre Dame de Namur University
Belmont, 822 Students
$34,910 27 -
Occidental College  Best Value
Los Angeles, 1,907 Students
$54,090 92 63
Ohlone Community College
Fremont, 3,404 Students
$1,104 - -
Orange Coast College
Costa Mesa, 7,806 Students
$1,104 - -
Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, 1,125 Students
$43,680 45 6
Oxnard College
Oxnard, 2,208 Students
$1,338 - -
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego
San Diego, 590 Students
$9,571 - -
Pacific States University
Los Angeles, 62 Students
$15,525 - -
Pacific Union College
Angwin, 967 Students
$29,415 57 61
Palo Verde College
Blythe, 441 Students
$1,288 - -
Palomar College
San Marcos, 7,682 Students
$1,288 - -
Pasadena City College
Pasadena, 10,416 Students
$1,104 - -
Patten University
Oakland, 404 Students
$8,036 - -
Pepperdine University  Best Value
Malibu, 5,645 Students
$53,680 92 60
Pitzer College
Claremont, 1,050 Students
$53,776 - -
Platt College Los Angeles
Alhambra, 570 Students
$13,794 - -
Platt College Ontario
Ontario, 510 Students
$13,794 - -
Platt College San Diego
San Diego, 145 Students
$17,125 - -
Point Loma Nazarene University  Best Value
San Diego, 3,106 Students
$35,100 72 56
Pomona College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,559 Students
$52,412 98 81
Porterville College
Porterville, 1,828 Students
$1,288 - -
Professional Golfers Career College
Temecula, 50 Students
$16,000 - -
Providence Christian College
Pasadena, 168 Students
$29,520 42 48
Reedley College
Reedley, 3,319 Students
$1,104 - -
Rio Hondo College
Whittier, 4,630 Students
$1,288 - -
Riverside City College
Riverside, 6,210 Students
$1,380 - -
Sacramento City College
Sacramento, 5,318 Students
$0 - -
Saddleback College
Mission Viejo, 5,531 Students
$1,288 - -
Sage College
Moreno Valley, 158 Students
$12,200 - -
Saint Marys College of California
Moraga, 3,196 Students
$47,130 58 42
San Diego Christian College
El Cajon, 491 Students
$29,864 42 36
San Diego City College
San Diego, 3,065 Students
$1,104 - -
San Diego Mesa College
San Diego, 5,348 Students
$1,104 - -
San Diego Miramar College
San Diego, 2,769 Students
$1,104 - -
San Diego State University
San Diego, 30,451 Students
$5,742 83 83
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus
Calexico, 569 Students
$5,472 54 100
San Francisco Art Institute
San Francisco, 350 Students
$45,664 - -
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
San Francisco, 397 Students
$45,000 - -
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, 24,186 Students
$5,742 40 66
San Joaquin Delta College
Stockton, 6,296 Students
$1,288 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 1,094 Students
$16,492 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno
Fresno, 1,088 Students
$16,023 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno Aviation
Fresno, 113 Students
$13,620 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Hesperia
Hesperia, 908 Students
$16,658 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Modesto
Salida, 619 Students
$15,528 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Online
Visalia, 954 Students
$14,315 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, 160 Students
$20,450 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cucamonga
Rancho Cucamonga, 1,121 Students
$17,724 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Temecula
Temecula, 177 Students
$17,384 - -
San Joaquin Valley College Visalia
Visalia, 5,275 Students
$16,606 - -
San Jose City College
San Jose, 2,162 Students
$1,288 - -
San Jose State University
San Jose, 27,261 Students
$5,742 63 78
Santa Ana College
Santa Ana, 5,283 Students
$1,104 - -
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 272 Students
$11,558 - -
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria
Santa Maria, 86 Students
$11,558 - -
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura
Ventura, 306 Students
$15,780 - -
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, 6,354 Students
$1,288 - -
Santa Clara University  Best Value
Santa Clara, 7,569 Students
$51,081 89 56
Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, 11,035 Students
$1,104 - -
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, 6,000 Students
$1,282 - -
Santiago Canyon College
Orange, 3,056 Students
$1,104 - -
Scripps College  Best Value
Claremont, 1,063 Students
$54,806 95 61
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Redding, 24 Students
$11,200 - -
Shasta College
Redding, 3,286 Students
$1,104 - -
Sierra College
Rocklin, 6,503 Students
$1,104 - -
Simpson University
Redding, 647 Students
$29,750 61 54
Skyline College
San Bruno, 2,357 Students
$1,380 - -
Soka University of America  Best Value
Aliso Viejo, 442 Students
$31,310 91 85
Solano Community College
Fairfield, 2,689 Students
$1,104 - -
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, 8,292 Students
$5,742 37 55
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Los Angeles, 499 Students
$43,760 - -
Southern California Institute of Technology
Anaheim, 584 Students
$15,790 - -
Southern California Seminary
El Cajon, 94 Students
$16,380 - -
Southwestern College
Chula Vista, 7,004 Students
$1,288 - -
Stanford University  Best Value
Stanford, 16,332 Students
$50,703 99 83
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary
Oakland, 534 Students
$8,960 - -
Taft College
Taft, 1,399 Students
$1,410 - -
Taft University System
Santa Ana, 441 Students
$3,292 - -
The Master's College and Seminary
Santa Clarita, 1,103 Students
$24,950 60 55
The National Hispanic University
San Jose, 350 Students
$7,896 - -
Thomas Aquinas College  Best Value
Santa Paula, 407 Students
$25,000 67 68
Touro College Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 865 Students
$14,400 - -
Trident University International
Cypress, 4,287 Students
$9,240 - -
University of California Berkeley  Best Value
Berkeley, 39,393 Students
$11,442 97 81
University of California Davis  Best Value
Davis, 36,919 Students
$11,442 91 81
University of California Irvine  Best Value
Irvine, 35,200 Students
$11,442 94 85
University of California Los Angeles  Best Value
Los Angeles, 42,895 Students
$11,442 97 84
University of California Merced
Merced, 8,472 Students
$11,442 64 79
University of California Riverside  Best Value
Riverside, 23,302 Students
$11,442 80 84
University of California San Diego  Best Value
La Jolla, 36,590 Students
$11,442 94 84
University of California Santa Barbara  Best Value
Santa Barbara, 25,320 Students
$11,442 93 82
University of California Santa Cruz  Best Value
Santa Cruz, 19,093 Students
$11,442 87 80
University of La Verne
La Verne, 5,202 Students
$41,940 69 59
University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus
San Jose, 1,880 Students
$10,548 - -
University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus
Fresno, 2,404 Students
$10,549 - -
University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus
Sacramento, 3,642 Students
$10,543 - -
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus
San Diego, 5,842 Students
$10,515 - -
University of Phoenix Southern California Campus
Costa Mesa, 9,611 Students
$10,560 - -
University of Redlands
Redlands, 3,857 Students
$49,154 66 50
University of San Diego  Best Value
San Diego, 7,349 Students
$48,750 83 54
University of San Francisco  Best Value
San Francisco, 9,788 Students
$47,550 74 52
University of Southern California  Best Value
Los Angeles, 40,952 Students
$55,320 97 66
University of the Pacific  Best Value
Stockton, 5,688 Students
$47,480 77 57
University of the West
Rosemead, 228 Students
$11,592 - -
Vanguard University of Southern California
Costa Mesa, 1,677 Students
$33,220 57 62
Ventura College
Ventura, 4,105 Students
$1,338 - -
Victor Valley College
Victorville, 3,889 Students
$1,104 - -
West Coast Ultrasound Institute
Beverly Hills, 821 Students
$18,500 - -
West Coast University Los Angeles
North Hollywood, 1,894 Students
$34,060 - -
West Coast University Ontario
Ontario, 1,575 Students
$34,060 - -
West Coast University Orange County
Anaheim, 2,255 Students
$34,060 - -
West Hills College Coalinga
Coalinga, 981 Students
$1,380 - -
West Hills College Lemoore
Lemoore, 1,511 Students
$1,380 - -
West Los Angeles College
Culver City, 2,664 Students
$1,196 - -
West Valley College
Saratoga, 2,614 Students
$1,380 - -
Westmont College  Best Value
Santa Barbara, 1,266 Students
$44,130 80 59
Whittier College
Whittier, 1,779 Students
$47,496 50 46
William Jessup University
Rocklin, 1,380 Students
$32,950 58 61
Woodbury University
Burbank, 1,101 Students
$38,370 48 40
Woodland Community College
Woodland, 927 Students
$1,104 - -
World Mission University
Los Angeles, 172 Students
$6,000 - -
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary
Los Angeles, 155 Students
$14,000 - -
Yuba College
Marysville, 2,288 Students
$1,104 - -