California Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend community college in California?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in California was $3,957 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of ($886) from the 2015-2016 average of $4,843 and represents a -18.29% annual decline. The list of California community colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, provide an excellent money saving opportunity for those concerned with college costs. Many students are choosing to begin their education at community colleges for two years, taking advantage of their lower cost. Then after two years transferring to a full four year institution to pursue a full bachelors degree or higher. Most community colleges also have the benefit of open admission policies.  

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 113 community colleges and universities in California, the most popular being Santa Monica College with 11,035 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $1,104. East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program is the most expensive community school in California with an in-state tuition of $3,700.

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 River College
Sacramento, 6,173 Students
$0 - -
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 3,989 Students
$1,104 - -
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 - -
Butte College
Oroville, 4,798 Students
$1,104 - -
Cabrillo College
Aptos, 4,002 Students
$1,104 - -
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 - -
Citrus College
Glendora, 5,416 Students
$1,104 - -
City College of San Francisco
San Francisco, 8,088 Students
$0 - -
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, 1,370 Students
$1,104 - -
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 - -