California In State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Tuition for 2022

Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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.

The most affordable four year colleges in California are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2020/2021 school year.

What is the cheapest college in California? Leading the colleges list is Taft University System in Santa Ana with an in state tuition of $3,292.

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 Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating Value
#21 San Jose State University

San Jose, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 54 37
#22 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 45 23
#23 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 41 30
#24 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 38 23
#25 California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 NA NA
#26 World Mission University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$6,240 NA NA
#27 Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, Private Not For Profit

$6,360 NA NA
#28 The National Hispanic University

San Jose, Private For Profit

$7,896 NA NA
#29 Patten University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$8,036 NA NA
#30 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$8,964 NA NA
#31 Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$9,000 NA NA
#32 Trident University International

Cypress, Private For Profit

$9,240 NA NA
#33 California Christian College

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$9,360 NA NA
#34 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$9,571 NA NA
#35 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$9,600 NA NA
#36 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, Private For Profit

$10,515 NA NA
#37 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, Private For Profit

$10,543 NA NA
#38 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, Private For Profit

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

Fresno, Private For Profit

$10,549 NA NA
#40 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, Private For Profit

$10,560 NA NA