California In State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Total Cost for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of California these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in California list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our California tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2018/2019 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in California? Leading the colleges list is Trident University International in Cypress with an in state total cost of $15,785.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#21 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$21,959 NA NA
#22 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, Private Not For Profit

$22,007 NA NA
#23 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$22,050 56 67
#24 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$22,292 36 46
#25 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$22,377 NA NA
#26 Taft University System

Santa Ana, Private For Profit

$22,660 NA NA
#27 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$22,708 38 28
#28 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$22,715 NA NA
#29 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$22,717 44 35
#30 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$22,804 35 18
#31 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$22,924 NA NA
#32 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$23,198 50 38
#33 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

$23,390 NA NA
#34 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

$23,390 NA NA
#35 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$23,530 NA NA
#36 Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$23,800 NA NA
#37 DeVry University California

Pomona, Private For Profit

$24,345 NA NA
#38 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$24,419 44 29
#39 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$24,562 39 34
#40 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$24,818 35 63