California Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend public college in California?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in California was $7,304 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a change of $265 from the 2015-2016 average of $7,039 and represents a 3.76% annual increase. The list of California public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of California and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 146 public colleges and universities in California, the most popular being University of California Los Angeles with 42,011 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $11,502. University of California Berkeley is the most expensive public school in California with an in-state tuition of $11,502.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore California Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Allan Hancock College
Santa Maria, 3,299 Students
$1,288 - -
American River College
Sacramento, 6,640 Students
$0 - -
Antelope Valley College
Lancaster, 4,117 Students
$1,104 - -
Bakersfield College
Bakersfield, 6,603 Students
$1,288 - -
Barstow Community College
Barstow, 1,190 Students
$1,104 - -
Berkeley City College
Berkeley, 1,405 Students
$1,104 - -
Butte College
Oroville, 5,186 Students
$1,104 - -
Cabrillo College
Aptos, 4,220 Students
$1,104 - -
California Maritime Academy
Vallejo, 1,075 Students
$5,742 - -
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo  Best Value
San Luis Obispo, 20,340 Students
$5,742 91 81
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Pomona, 21,806 Students
$5,742 64 84
California State University Bakersfield
Bakersfield, 7,892 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University Channel Islands
Camarillo, 5,530 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University Chico
Chico, 16,005 Students
$5,742 52 77
California State University Dominguez Hills
Carson, 10,489 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University East Bay
Hayward, 12,791 Students
$5,742 - -
California State University Fresno
Fresno, 20,935 Students
$5,742 45 87
California State University Fullerton
Fullerton, 30,607 Students
$5,742 59 90
California State University Long Beach
Long Beach, 31,110 Students
$5,742 72 89
California State University Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 22,170 Students
$5,742 29 90