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%
#21 Pitzer College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$36,552 51%
#22 West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, Private For Profit

$36,514 18%
#23 West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$35,957 19%
#24 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$35,936 47%
#25 Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, Private Not For Profit

$35,925 32%
#26 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$35,362 52%
#27 Dominican University of California

San Rafael, Private Not For Profit

$34,905 46%
#28 Musicians Institute

Hollywood, Private For Profit

$34,835 18%
#29 West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$33,823 6%
#30 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, Private For Profit

$33,534 14%
#31 Biola University

La Mirada, Private Not For Profit

$33,331 40%
#32 Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$33,183 33%
#33 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$33,178 49%
#34 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$32,663 48%
#35 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$31,180 54%
#36 Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, Private For Profit

$30,725 11%
#37 John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$30,581 26%
#38 The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, Private Not For Profit

$30,268 21%
#39 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$29,708 48%
#40 California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, Private Not For Profit

$29,693 51%
#41 National University

La Jolla, Private Not For Profit

$29,382 -3%
#42 Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$29,127 8%
#43 Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, Private Not For Profit

$28,804 28%
#44 Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, Private Not For Profit

$28,435 44%
#45 Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, Private For Profit

$28,103 28%
#46 University of La Verne

La Verne, Private Not For Profit

$27,933 54%
#47 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$27,707 48%
#48 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$27,438 62%
#49 Menlo College

Atherton, Private Not For Profit

$27,233 54%
#50 Whittier College

Whittier, Private Not For Profit

$26,363 59%
#51 Woodbury University

Burbank, Private Not For Profit

$26,349 53%
#52 San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$26,278 44%
#53 Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, Private For Profit

$25,958 5%
#54 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$25,417 45%
#55 La Sierra University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$25,414 42%
#56 Coleman University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$25,309 18%
#57 Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$24,921 40%
#58 King's University

Van Nuys, Private Not For Profit

$24,688 13%
#59 Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$24,682 54%
#60 Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$24,671 26%
#61 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$24,456 67%
#62 Providence Christian College

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$23,765 45%
#63 Platt College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$23,467 30%
#64 Holy Names University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$23,407 58%
#65 Platt College Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$23,089 15%
#66 California Baptist University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$23,055 50%
#67 William Jessup University

Rocklin, Private Not For Profit

$22,968 53%
#68 California College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$22,848 15%
#69 Pacific Union College

Angwin, Private Not For Profit

$22,585 45%
#70 Simpson University

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$22,081 49%
#71 Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit

$22,073 36%
#72 American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, Private For Profit

$21,705 43%
#73 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$21,232 19%
#74 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$20,918 21%
#75 Hope International University

Fullerton, Private Not For Profit

$20,850 55%
#76 Life Pacific College

San Dimas, Private Not For Profit

$20,642 25%
#77 Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$20,390 39%
#78 Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, Private Not For Profit

$20,376 56%
#79 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, Private For Profit

$19,922 -14%
#80 Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$19,298 56%
#81 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, Private For Profit

$19,295 -10%
#82 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, Private For Profit

$19,185 -9%
#83 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, Private For Profit

$19,094 -9%
#84 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, Private For Profit

$19,059 -9%
#85 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, Public Not For Profit

$18,882 11%
#86 World Mission University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$18,723 -16%
#87 Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, Private Not For Profit

$18,681 26%
#88 American Jewish University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$18,651 63%
#89 Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, Private Not For Profit

$18,561 1%
#90 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$18,522 46%
#91 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$18,500 75%
#92 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$18,489 2%
#93 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$17,889 44%
#94 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$17,545 1%
#95 The National Hispanic University

San Jose, Private For Profit

$17,171 14%
#96 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, Public Not For Profit

$17,086 32%
#97 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$16,779 76%
#98 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$16,767 46%
#99 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$16,103 48%
#100 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$15,886 49%
#101 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$15,718 50%
#102 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

$15,353 34%
#103 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

$15,312 35%
#104 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$15,268 51%
#105 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$15,166 38%
#106 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$14,864 50%
#107 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$14,843 36%
#108 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$14,766 35%
#109 San Diego State University

San Diego, Public Not For Profit

$14,499 47%
#110 San Jose State University

San Jose, Public Not For Profit

$14,471 46%
#111 Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit

$14,439 71%
#112 University of California Merced

Merced, Public Not For Profit

$14,013 56%
#113 Trident University International

Cypress, Private For Profit

$13,916 12%
#114 California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Public Not For Profit

$13,548 47%
#115 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$13,045 58%
#116 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$13,010 43%
#117 California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, Public Not For Profit

$12,843 50%
#118 Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$12,650 60%
#119 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$12,468 45%
#120 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$12,116 47%
#121 Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$11,489 52%
#122 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$10,902 54%
#123 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$10,271 58%
#124 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$9,903 55%
#125 California State University Northridge

Northridge, Public Not For Profit

$8,694 57%
#126 California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, Public Not For Profit

$8,294 67%
#127 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$7,876 65%
#128 California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, Public Not For Profit

$7,069 65%
#129 California State University Fresno

Fresno, Public Not For Profit

$6,002 69%
#130 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$5,771 74%
#131 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$4,840 79%
#132 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$4,594 79%
#133 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$3,255 87%
#134 California Christian College

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

($1,368) 108%