College Costs in California

The 2021 Directory of California Colleges and Prices

California Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend college in California?   The average annual in-state college tuition in California was $14,519 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is $146 lower than the U.S. average and ranks California in the middle of the pack as the 23rd most expensive and 30th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $249 from the 2018-2019 average of $14,270 and represents a 1.74% annual increase. The list of California colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 280 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 in California with an in-state tuition of $58,359.

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
California College of the Arts

Oakland, California

$50,592 NA NA
California College San Diego

San Diego, California

$18,480 NA NA
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

$52,506 98 97
California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, California

$50,850 NA NA
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, California

$43,900 61 57
California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, California

$5,742 NA NA
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, California

$5,742 75 48
California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, California

$5,742 54 45
California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

$5,742 NA NA
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, California

$5,742 NA NA
California State University Chico

Chico, California

$5,742 50 38
California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

$5,742 NA NA
California State University East Bay

Hayward, California

$5,742 NA NA
California State University Fresno

Fresno, California

$5,742 41 71
California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, California

$5,742 48 47
California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, California

$5,742 56 67
California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

$5,742 35 63
California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, California

$5,742 38 28
California State University Northridge

Northridge, California

$5,742 40 57
California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, California

$5,742 39 34