California In State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Total Cost for 2022

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 2020/2021 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 2020/2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020/2021 academic year.

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California's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#1 Trident University International

Cypress, Private For Profit

$15,785 NA NA
#2 World Mission University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$16,121 NA NA
#3 California Christian College

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$17,500 NA NA
#4 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, Private For Profit

$17,505 NA NA
#5 Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, Private Not For Profit

$17,519 NA NA
#6 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, Private For Profit

$17,533 NA NA
#7 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, Private For Profit

$17,538 NA NA
#8 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, Private For Profit

$17,539 NA NA
#9 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, Private For Profit

$17,550 NA NA
#10 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$18,110 NA NA
#11 Patten University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$18,174 NA NA
#12 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, Public Not For Profit

$18,528 NA NA
#13 California State University Fresno

Fresno, Public Not For Profit

$18,628 36 63
#14 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$18,884 NA NA
#15 The National Hispanic University

San Jose, Private For Profit

$19,946 NA NA
#16 California State University Northridge

Northridge, Public Not For Profit

$20,165 39 57
#17 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$20,366 34 45
#18 California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, Public Not For Profit

$20,468 NA NA
#19 Lincoln University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$20,640 NA NA
#20 Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$20,823 NA NA
#21 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, Public Not For Profit

$20,936 NA NA
#22 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$21,042 56 66
#23 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$21,414 38 23
#24 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$21,642 NA NA
#25 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$21,925 NA NA
#26 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$21,934 41 30
#27 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, Private Not For Profit

$22,007 NA NA
#28 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$22,258 39 23
#29 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$22,512 46 29
#30 Taft University System

Santa Ana, Private For Profit

$22,660 NA NA
#31 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$22,715 NA NA
#32 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$23,032 NA NA
#33 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$23,110 NA NA
#34 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, Public Not For Profit

$23,220 45 23
#35 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

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

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

$23,390 NA NA
#37 Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$23,800 NA NA
#38 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$23,993 42 25
#39 California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Public Not For Profit

$24,220 NA NA
#40 DeVry University California

Pomona, Private For Profit

$24,345 NA NA
#41 California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, Public Not For Profit

$24,399 46 46
#42 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$24,648 40 31
#43 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$24,759 32 55
#44 California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, Public Not For Profit

$25,030 53 32
#45 San Jose State University

San Jose, Public Not For Profit

$25,873 54 37
#46 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$26,653 75 52
#47 Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, Private Not For Profit

$26,736 NA NA
#48 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$26,741 NA NA
#49 California College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$26,968 NA NA
#50 San Diego State University

San Diego, Public Not For Profit

$27,330 63 57
#51 Life Pacific College

San Dimas, Private Not For Profit

$27,964 33 5
#52 Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, Private For Profit

$28,352 NA NA
#53 Platt College Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$28,352 NA NA
#54 King's University

Van Nuys, Private Not For Profit

$28,385 39 5
#55 Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$30,651 NA NA
#56 National University

La Jolla, Private Not For Profit

$30,980 NA NA
#57 Coleman University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$30,995 NA NA
#58 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$31,108 82 95
#59 Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, Private For Profit

$31,467 NA NA
#60 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$31,568 79 94
#61 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$31,662 NA NA
#62 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$31,791 81 95
#63 University of California Merced

Merced, Public Not For Profit

$31,800 49 89
#64 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$31,805 67 88
#65 Pacific States University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$31,847 NA NA
#66 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$32,162 86 93
#67 Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$32,240 NA NA
#68 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$33,013 81 94
#69 Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$33,300 NA NA
#70 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$34,053 67 76
#71 West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$34,346 NA NA
#72 Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, Private For Profit

$34,487 NA NA
#73 Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$34,626 NA NA
#74 Platt College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$35,217 NA NA
#75 Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit

$35,400 67 47
#76 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$35,933 86 94
#77 American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, Private For Profit

$38,237 NA NA
#78 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, Private For Profit

$38,916 NA NA
#79 Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, Private For Profit

$40,350 NA NA
#80 The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, Private Not For Profit

$41,320 NA NA
#81 Pacific Union College

Angwin, Private Not For Profit

$41,613 54 63
#82 John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$41,683 53 12
#83 Musicians Institute

Hollywood, Private For Profit

$42,441 NA NA
#84 Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$42,986 41 50
#85 Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$43,309 NA NA
#86 Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, Private Not For Profit

$43,789 NA NA
#87 La Sierra University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$45,068 39 15
#88 Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, Private For Profit

$45,084 NA NA
#89 Providence Christian College

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$45,234 NA NA
#90 West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, Private For Profit

$45,245 NA NA
#91 West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$45,245 NA NA
#92 Simpson University

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$45,900 56 65
#93 American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$45,970 NA NA
#94 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$46,264 70 74
#95 Hope International University

Fullerton, Private Not For Profit

$46,580 32 17
#96 San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$46,980 39 8
#97 Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, Private Not For Profit

$47,280 46 52
#98 California Baptist University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$47,720 43 15
#99 Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit

$48,074 90 99
#100 American Jewish University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$48,348 NA NA
#101 William Jessup University

Rocklin, Private Not For Profit

$50,240 NA NA
#102 Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$50,280 61 29
#103 Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, Private Not For Profit

$50,587 NA NA
#104 Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, Private Not For Profit

$51,270 47 22
#105 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private For Profit

$51,726 NA NA
#106 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, Private For Profit

$51,726 NA NA
#107 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$51,792 NA NA
#108 Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$53,650 NA NA
#109 Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, Private Not For Profit

$54,735 NA NA
#110 Holy Names University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$55,978 NA NA
#111 Biola University

La Mirada, Private Not For Profit

$56,042 66 48
#112 Woodbury University

Burbank, Private Not For Profit

$57,007 NA NA
#113 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$59,336 53 49
#114 University of La Verne

La Verne, Private Not For Profit

$61,270 52 37
#115 California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, Private Not For Profit

$61,658 61 62
#116 Menlo College

Atherton, Private Not For Profit

$61,810 NA NA
#117 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$64,016 NA NA
#118 Dominican University of California

San Rafael, Private Not For Profit

$64,624 63 42
#119 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$64,820 74 82
#120 San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$64,914 NA NA
#121 Whittier College

Whittier, Private Not For Profit

$65,392 NA NA
#122 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$65,914 75 81
#123 Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$65,918 63 4
#124 Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$66,264 NA NA
#125 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Private Not For Profit

$67,275 NA NA
#126 Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, Private Not For Profit

$67,446 71 50
#127 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$68,325 86 51
#128 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$68,425 NA NA
#129 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$68,690 67 79
#130 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$69,100 NA NA
#131 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$70,050 87 56
#132 University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$70,072 76 49
#133 California College of the Arts

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$71,230 NA NA
#134 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$73,594 NA NA
#135 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$74,416 85 80
#136 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$74,714 99 99
#137 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$74,952 80 57
#138 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$74,975 95 98
#139 Pepperdine University

Malibu, Private Not For Profit

$75,412 77 46
#140 Pitzer College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$75,508 NA NA
#141 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$75,627 98 98
#142 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$76,274 90 85
#143 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$77,873 92 89
#144 Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$78,139 90 92