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
Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, California

$1,288 NA NA
American River College

Sacramento, California

$0 NA NA
Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California

$1,104 NA NA
Bakersfield College

Bakersfield, California

$1,288 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

$1,288 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

$1,362 NA NA
College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita, California

$1,104 NA NA
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
Folsom Lake College

Folsom, California

$0 NA NA
Foothill College

Los Altos Hills, California

$1,395 NA NA
Fresno City College

Fresno, California

$1,104 NA NA
Fullerton College

Fullerton, California

$1,104 NA NA
Gavilan College

Gilroy, California

$1,104 NA NA
Glendale Community College

Glendale, California

$1,104 NA NA
Golden West College

Huntington Beach, California

$1,104 NA NA
Grossmont College

El Cajon, California

$1,288 NA NA
Hartnell College

Salinas, California

$1,400 NA NA
Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California

$1,104 NA NA
Irvine Valley College

Irvine, California

$1,104 NA NA
Lake Tahoe Community College

South Lake Tahoe, California

$1,209 NA NA
Laney College

Oakland, California

$1,104 NA NA
Las Positas College

Livermore, California

$1,104 NA NA
Lassen Community College

Susanville, California

$1,104 NA NA
Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California

$1,472 NA NA
Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Angeles Harbor College

Wilmington, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Angeles Mission College

Sylmar, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Angeles Valley College

Valley Glen, California

$1,196 NA NA
Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, California

$1,288 NA NA
Mendocino College

Ukiah, California

$1,380 NA NA
Merced College

Merced, California

$1,104 NA NA
Merritt College

Oakland, California

$1,104 NA NA
MiraCosta College

Oceanside, California

$1,104 NA NA
Mission College

Santa Clara, California

$1,104 NA NA
Modesto Junior College

Modesto, California

$1,104 NA NA
Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey, California

$1,104 NA NA
Moorpark College

Moorpark, California

$1,340 NA NA
Moreno Valley College

Moreno Valley, California

$1,380 NA NA
Mt. San Antonio College

Walnut, California

$1,288 NA NA
Mt. San Jacinto Community College District

San Jacinto, California

$1,380 NA NA
Napa Valley College

Napa, California

$1,104 NA NA
Norco College

Norco, California

$1,380 NA NA
Ohlone Community College

Fremont, California

$1,104 NA NA
Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California

$1,104 NA NA
Oxnard College

Oxnard, California

$1,340 NA NA
Palo Verde College

Blythe, California

$1,288 NA NA
Palomar College

San Marcos, California

$1,288 NA NA
Pasadena City College

Pasadena, California

$1,104 NA NA
Porterville College

Porterville, California

$1,380 NA NA
Reedley College

Reedley, California

$1,104 NA NA
Rio Hondo College

Whittier, California

$1,288 NA NA
Riverside City College

Riverside, California

$1,380 NA NA
Sacramento City College

Sacramento, California

$0 NA NA
Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, California

$1,288 NA NA
San Diego City College

San Diego, California

$1,104 NA NA
San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, California

$1,104 NA NA
San Diego Miramar College

San Diego, California

$1,104 NA NA
San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton, California

$1,288 NA NA
San Jose City College

San Jose, California

$1,288 NA NA
Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California

$1,104 NA NA
Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, California

$1,288 NA NA
Santa Monica College

Santa Monica, California

$1,104 NA NA
Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California

$1,282 NA NA
Santiago Canyon College

Orange, California

$1,104 NA NA
Shasta College

Redding, California

$1,104 NA NA
Sierra College

Rocklin, California

$1,104 NA NA
Skyline College

San Bruno, California

$1,380 NA NA
Solano Community College

Fairfield, California

$1,104 NA NA
Southwestern College

Chula Vista, California

$1,288 NA NA
Taft College

Taft, California

$1,104 NA NA
Ventura College

Ventura, California

$1,340 NA NA
Victor Valley College

Victorville, California

$1,402 NA NA
West Hills College Coalinga

Coalinga, California

$1,380 NA NA
West Hills College Lemoore

Lemoore, California

$1,380 NA NA
West Los Angeles College

Culver City, California

$1,196 NA NA
West Valley College

Saratoga, California

$1,380 NA NA
Woodland Community College

Woodland, California

$1,104 NA NA
Yuba College

Marysville, California

$1,104 NA NA