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
#1 Taft University System

Santa Ana, Private For Profit

$3,292 NA NA
#2 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, Public Not For Profit

$5,472 NA NA
#3 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 76 52
#4 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 NA NA
#5 California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 NA NA
#6 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 34 45
#7 California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 53 32
#8 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 47 29
#9 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 NA NA
#10 California State University Fresno

Fresno, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 36 63
#11 California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 46 46
#12 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 NA NA
#13 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 56 66
#14 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 32 55
#15 California State University Northridge

Northridge, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 39 57
#16 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 40 31
#17 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 NA NA
#18 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 39 23
#19 San Diego State University

San Diego, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 64 57
#20 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$5,742 42 25
#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
#41 Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, Private Not For Profit

$10,800 NA NA
#42 Lincoln University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$10,920 NA NA
#43 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 86 94
#44 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 81 94
#45 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 81 95
#46 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 NA NA
#47 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 67 88
#48 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 82 95
#49 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 79 94
#50 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$11,442 67 76
#51 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

$11,558 NA NA
#52 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

$11,558 NA NA
#53 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$12,000 NA NA
#54 Pacific States University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$12,420 NA NA
#55 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$12,528 NA NA
#56 University of California Merced

Merced, Public Not For Profit

$12,570 49 89
#57 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, Private Not For Profit

$12,600 NA NA
#58 National University

La Jolla, Private Not For Profit

$13,320 NA NA
#59 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$13,872 NA NA
#60 King's University

Van Nuys, Private Not For Profit

$14,100 39 5
#61 Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, Private For Profit

$14,220 NA NA
#62 Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, Private For Profit

$14,279 NA NA
#63 Platt College Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$14,279 NA NA
#64 Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$14,400 NA NA
#65 Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$14,580 NA NA
#66 Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$15,000 NA NA
#67 Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$15,588 NA NA
#68 Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$15,790 NA NA
#69 DeVry University California

Pomona, Private For Profit

$15,835 NA NA
#70 Life Pacific College

San Dimas, Private Not For Profit

$16,584 33 5
#71 Platt College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$17,125 NA NA
#72 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, Private For Profit

$17,640 NA NA
#73 California College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$18,480 NA NA
#74 Coleman University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$20,700 NA NA
#75 Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, Private For Profit

$20,784 NA NA
#76 American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, Private For Profit

$21,420 NA NA
#77 Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, Private For Profit

$22,000 NA NA
#78 West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$23,186 NA NA
#79 Musicians Institute

Hollywood, Private For Profit

$24,525 NA NA
#80 Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$25,500 NA NA
#81 Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, Private Not For Profit

$25,680 NA NA
#82 Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit

$26,000 67 47
#83 John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$26,100 53 12
#84 The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, Private Not For Profit

$27,950 NA NA
#85 Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, Private For Profit

$28,827 NA NA
#86 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$29,340 70 74
#87 American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$30,235 NA NA
#88 Pacific Union College

Angwin, Private Not For Profit

$31,101 54 63
#89 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private For Profit

$31,275 NA NA
#90 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, Private For Profit

$31,275 NA NA
#91 American Jewish University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$31,394 NA NA
#92 San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$31,680 39 8
#93 Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit

$32,250 90 99
#94 Providence Christian College

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$32,546 NA NA
#95 Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, Private Not For Profit

$32,600 NA NA
#96 Simpson University

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$32,700 56 65
#97 Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$32,954 41 50
#98 Hope International University

Fullerton, Private Not For Profit

$33,250 32 17
#99 California Baptist University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$33,930 43 15
#100 West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, Private For Profit

$34,060 NA NA
#101 West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$34,060 NA NA
#102 La Sierra University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$34,218 39 15
#103 Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, Private Not For Profit

$35,158 NA NA
#104 Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, Private Not For Profit

$35,850 46 52
#105 William Jessup University

Rocklin, Private Not For Profit

$36,000 NA NA
#106 Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$36,306 NA NA
#107 Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, Private Not For Profit

$37,250 47 22
#108 Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$37,600 61 29
#109 Holy Names University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$40,368 NA NA
#110 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$40,830 NA NA
#111 Woodbury University

Burbank, Private Not For Profit

$41,102 NA NA
#112 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$43,224 53 49
#113 Biola University

La Mirada, Private Not For Profit

$43,512 66 48
#114 University of La Verne

La Verne, Private Not For Profit

$44,700 52 37
#115 Menlo College

Atherton, Private Not For Profit

$45,050 NA NA
#116 California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, Private Not For Profit

$45,500 61 62
#117 San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$45,664 NA NA
#118 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$45,776 NA NA
#119 Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$46,500 NA NA
#120 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$46,980 74 82
#121 Dominican University of California

San Rafael, Private Not For Profit

$47,190 63 42
#122 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$47,800 NA NA
#123 Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$48,078 63 4
#124 Whittier College

Whittier, Private Not For Profit

$48,924 NA NA
#125 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$50,370 75 81
#126 Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, Private Not For Profit

$50,460 71 50
#127 California College of the Arts

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$50,592 NA NA
#128 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$51,820 86 51
#129 University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$51,930 76 49
#130 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$52,120 NA NA
#131 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$52,150 67 79
#132 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Private Not For Profit

$52,850 NA NA
#133 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$52,998 87 56
#134 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$54,380 NA NA
#135 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$54,570 98 98
#136 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$55,473 99 99
#137 Pitzer College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$55,734 NA NA
#138 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$55,980 85 80
#139 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$56,190 95 98
#140 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$56,830 80 57
#141 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$56,970 90 85
#142 Pepperdine University

Malibu, Private Not For Profit

$57,750 77 46
#143 Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$58,359 90 92
#144 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$59,260 92 89