California Four Year Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend four year college in California?   The average annual in-state four year college tuition in California was $23,930 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $2,701 from the 2015-2016 average of $21,229 and represents a 12.72% annual increase. The list of California four year colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 144 four year 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 four year school 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
American Conservatory Theater
San Francisco, 46 Students
$29,355 - -
American Jewish University
Los Angeles, 131 Students
$30,480 - -
American University of Health Sciences
Signal Hill, 293 Students
$21,420 - -
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
Bethesda University of California
Anaheim, 254 Students
$7,875 - -
Biola University
La Mirada, 4,656 Students
$40,488 64 48
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 - -