Community Colleges in California

The 2021 Directory of California Community Colleges and Costs

California Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend community college in California?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in California was $3,970 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a change of $1,331 from the 2018-2019 average of $2,639 and represents a 50.44% 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 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.

<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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
College of the Desert

Palm Desert, California

$1,297 NA NA
College of the Redwoods

Eureka, California

$1,143 NA NA
College of the Sequoias

Visalia, California

$1,288 NA NA
College of the Siskiyous

Weed, California

$1,104 NA NA
Columbia College

Sonora, California

$1,104 NA NA
Contra Costa College

San Pablo, California

$1,288 NA NA
Copper Mountain Community College

Joshua Tree, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cosumnes River College

Sacramento, California

$0 NA NA
Crafton Hills College

Yucaipa, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cuesta College

San Luis Obispo, California

$1,288 NA NA
Cuyamaca College

El Cajon, California

$1,288 NA NA
Cypress College

Cypress, California

$1,104 NA NA
De Anza College

Cupertino, California

$1,395 NA NA
Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California

$1,288 NA NA
East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park, California

$1,196 NA NA
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program

West Covina, California

$3,700 NA NA
El Camino College Compton Center

Compton, California

$1,104 NA NA
El Camino Community College District

Torrance, California

$1,104 NA NA
Evergreen Valley College

San Jose, California

$1,288 NA NA
Feather River Community College District

Quincy, California

$1,380 NA NA