Community Colleges in California

The 2023 Directory of California Community Colleges and Costs

California Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend community college in California?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in California was $3,015 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $361 from the 2019-2020 average of $2,654 and represents a 13.6% annual increase. 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 8,812 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.

<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
Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, California

$1,104 NA NA
American River College

Sacramento, California

$0 NA NA
Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California

$1,104 NA NA
Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California

$1,380 NA NA
Barstow Community College

Barstow, California

$1,104 NA NA
Berkeley City College

Berkeley, California

$1,104 NA NA
Butte College

Oroville, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cabrillo College

Aptos, California

$1,104 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
Citrus College

Glendora, California

$1,104 NA NA
City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

$0 NA NA
Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, California

$1,104 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