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
Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, California

$1,288 NA NA
American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

$35,440 NA NA
American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, California

$30,235 NA NA
American Jewish University

Los Angeles, California

$30,480 NA NA
American River College

Sacramento, California

$0 NA NA
American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, California

$21,420 NA NA
Antelope Valley College

Lancaster, California

$1,104 NA NA
Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, California

$44,272 NA NA
Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, California

$10,800 NA NA
Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

$39,640 70 80
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
Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, California

$7,875 NA NA
Biola University

La Mirada, California

$41,976 65 48
Bryan University

Los Angeles, California

$10,050 NA NA
Butte College

Oroville, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cabrillo College

Aptos, California

$1,104 NA NA
California Baptist University

Riverside, California

$32,942 47 42
California Christian College

Fresno, California

$9,120 NA NA
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
California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

$5,743 36 46
California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, California

$5,742 44 35
California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, California

$5,742 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
Chapman University

Orange, California

$54,540 79 55
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, California

$13,872 63 84
Citrus College

Glendora, California

$1,104 NA NA
City College of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

$0 NA NA
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, California

$56,190 96 98
Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley, California

$1,104 NA NA
Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, California

$19,800 NA NA
Coleman University

San Diego, California

$20,700 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
Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, California

$24,000 NA NA
Community Christian College

Redlands, California

$9,450 NA NA
Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, California

$35,990 48 25
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
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, California

$12,600 NA NA
Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, California

$25,500 NA NA
DeVry University California

Pomona, California

$15,835 NA NA
Diablo Valley College

Pleasant Hill, California

$1,288 NA NA
Dominican University of California

San Rafael, California

$46,260 62 47
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
Epic Bible College

Sacramento, California

$8,964 NA NA
Evergreen Valley College

San Jose, California

$1,288 NA NA
Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, California

$22,000 NA NA
Fashion Careers College

San Diego, California

$21,775 NA NA
Feather River Community College District

Quincy, California

$1,380 NA NA
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

$31,362 NA NA
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Orange County

Irvine, California

$31,141 NA NA
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Diego

San Diego, California

$31,141 NA NA
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, California

$31,362 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
Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, California

$32,458 45 59
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
Golf Academy of America Carlsbad

Carlsbad, California

$15,750 NA NA
Grossmont College

El Cajon, California

$1,288 NA NA
Hands on Medical Massage School

Redlands, California

$11,076 NA NA
Hartnell College

Salinas, California

$1,400 NA NA
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, California

$58,359 90 89
Holy Names University

Oakland, California

$39,576 46 53
Hope International University

Fullerton, California

$32,250 31 13
Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, California

$9,000 NA NA
Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

$5,742 35 18
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, California

$14,580 NA NA
Imperial Valley College

Imperial, California

$1,104 NA NA
International Professional School of Bodywork

San Diego, California

$7,220 NA NA
Irvine Valley College

Irvine, California

$1,104 NA NA
John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, California

$26,200 53 18
King's University

Van Nuys, California

$14,100 36 2
La Sierra University

Riverside, California

$32,580 44 28
Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, California

$31,600 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
Life Pacific College

San Dimas, California

$15,792 25 1
Lincoln University

Oakland, California

$10,800 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 College of Music

Pasadena, California

$24,450 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
Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California

$49,550 86 51
Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

$34,134 NA NA
Mendocino College

Ukiah, California

$1,380 NA NA
Menlo College

Atherton, California

$43,525 NA NA
Merced College

Merced, California

$1,104 NA NA
Merritt College

Oakland, California

$1,104 NA NA
Mills College

Oakland, California

$29,340 69 79
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
Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, California

$41,592 57 45
Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, California

$14,220 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
Musicians Institute

Hollywood, California

$24,525 NA NA
Napa Valley College

Napa, California

$1,104 NA NA
National University

La Jolla, California

$13,320 32 NA
Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, California

$27,786 NA NA
Norco College

Norco, California

$1,380 NA NA
Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, California

$36,306 NA NA
Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

$55,980 84 89
Ohlone Community College

Fremont, California

$1,104 NA NA
Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa, California

$1,104 NA NA
Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, California

$45,200 62 12
Oxnard College

Oxnard, California

$1,340 NA NA
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, California

$9,571 NA NA
Pacific States University

Los Angeles, California

$16,560 NA NA
Pacific Union College

Angwin, California

$29,898 55 64
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
Patten University

Oakland, California

$8,036 NA NA
Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

$55,640 77 60
Pitzer College

Claremont, California

$55,734 NA NA
Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, California

$14,279 NA NA
Platt College Ontario

Ontario, California

$14,279 NA NA
Platt College San Diego

San Diego, California

$17,125 NA NA
Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California

$36,350 64 38
Pomona College

Claremont, California

$54,380 96 99
Porterville College

Porterville, California

$1,380 NA NA
Professional Golfers Career College

Temecula, California

$14,000 NA NA
Providence Christian College

Pasadena, California

$30,996 64 79
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
Sage College

Moreno Valley, California

$12,200 NA NA
Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, California

$48,988 68 55
San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, California

$30,760 39 10
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 Diego State University

San Diego, California

$5,742 64 49
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, California

$5,472 NA NA
San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, California

$45,664 NA NA
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, California

$46,350 NA NA
San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

$5,742 44 29
San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton, California

$1,288 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

$16,492 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno

Fresno, California

$16,023 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Fresno Aviation

Fresno, California

$13,620 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Hesperia

Hesperia, California

$16,658 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Modesto

Salida, California

$15,528 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Online

Visalia, California

$14,315 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cordova

Rancho Cordova, California

$20,450 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Rancho Cucamonga

Rancho Cucamonga, California

$17,724 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Temecula

Temecula, California

$17,384 NA NA
San Joaquin Valley College Visalia

Visalia, California

$16,606 NA NA
San Jose City College

San Jose, California

$1,288 NA NA
San Jose State University

San Jose, California

$5,742 55 45
Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California

$1,104 NA NA
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

$11,558 NA NA
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, California

$11,558 NA NA
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, California

$17,640 NA NA
Santa Barbara City College

Santa Barbara, California

$1,288 NA NA
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

$52,998 88 75
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
Scripps College

Claremont, California

$56,970 89 83
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, California

$12,000 NA NA
Shasta College

Redding, California

$1,104 NA NA
Sierra College

Rocklin, California

$1,104 NA NA
Simpson University

Redding, California

$31,180 49 50
Skyline College

San Bruno, California

$1,380 NA NA
Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, California

$32,250 90 99
Solano Community College

Fairfield, California

$1,104 NA NA
Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, California

$5,742 45 20
Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, California

$45,292 NA NA
Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, California

$15,790 NA NA
Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, California

$15,588 NA NA
Southwestern College

Chula Vista, California

$1,288 NA NA
Stanford University

Stanford, California

$52,857 99 99
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, California

$9,600 NA NA
Taft College

Taft, California

$1,104 NA NA
Taft University System

Santa Ana, California

$3,292 NA NA
The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, California

$24,950 NA NA
The National Hispanic University

San Jose, California

$7,896 NA NA
Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, California

$25,600 68 71
Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

$14,400 NA NA
Trident University International

Cypress, California

$9,240 NA NA
University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, California

$11,442 85 94
University of California Davis

Davis, California

$11,442 81 96
University of California Irvine

Irvine, California

$11,442 81 95
University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

$11,442 86 96
University of California Merced

Merced, California

$11,442 52 91
University of California Riverside

Riverside, California

$11,442 67 94
University of California San Diego

La Jolla, California

$11,442 82 95
University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

$11,442 77 94
University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

$11,442 68 84
University of La Verne

La Verne, California

$43,440 57 53
University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, California

$10,548 NA NA
University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, California

$10,549 NA NA
University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, California

$10,543 NA NA
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, California

$10,515 NA NA
University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, California

$10,560 NA NA
University of Redlands

Redlands, California

$50,630 65 71
University of San Diego

San Diego, California

$50,450 80 79
University of San Francisco

San Francisco, California

$49,740 75 63
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

$57,256 92 92
University of the Pacific

Stockton, California

$48,904 78 83
University of the West

Rosemead, California

$11,928 NA NA
Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, California

$34,500 49 67
Ventura College

Ventura, California

$1,340 NA NA
Victor Valley College

Victorville, California

$1,402 NA NA
West Coast Ultrasound Institute

Beverly Hills, California

$18,500 NA NA
West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, California

$34,060 NA NA
West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, California

$34,060 NA NA
West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, California

$25,615 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
Westmont College

Santa Barbara, California

$45,410 74 78
Whittier College

Whittier, California

$48,924 63 73
William Jessup University

Rocklin, California

$34,200 55 63
Woodbury University

Burbank, California

$39,712 61 65
Woodland Community College

Woodland, California

$1,104 NA NA
World Mission University

Los Angeles, California

$6,240 NA NA
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, California

$15,000 NA NA
Yuba College

Marysville, California

$1,104 NA NA