California Average Net Price Ranking

The Most Expensive Colleges in California by Average Net Price for 2021

Most Expensive Colleges in California by Average Net Price

The highest net price colleges in California are ranked by the average net price paid. Net price is the average cost paid as determined by tuition minus scholarship and grant financial aid and grant financial aid and may be a more accurate estimation of real life costs than published tuition. Discount from list price represents the effective percent discount from published costs that students averaged. Please note that net price varies on a student by student basis based on finanical situation and no financial aid is guaranteed. California Institute of the Arts leads the list with a $54,594 average annual net price paid in 2014-2015.

Net price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2014-2015 academic year.

California's Most Expensive Colleges by Average Net Price
College Net Price Discount
#1 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Private Not For Profit

$54,594 18%
#2 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$47,352 24%
#3 San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$47,315 29%
#4 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$47,292 29%
#5 Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$45,406 30%
#6 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$43,767 39%
#7 Pepperdine University

Malibu, Private Not For Profit

$42,135 42%
#8 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$42,114 41%
#9 California College of the Arts

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$42,065 37%
#10 Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$41,366 35%
#11 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private For Profit

$41,020 18%
#12 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$40,081 40%
#13 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$39,702 47%
#14 Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$39,411 50%
#15 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, Private For Profit

$39,343 22%
#16 Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, Private For Profit

$38,995 10%
#17 University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$38,422 43%
#18 Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, Private Not For Profit

$37,801 25%
#19 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$37,521 50%
#20 Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, Private Not For Profit

$36,613 45%