California Out of State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Total Cost for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in California but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in California for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 Out of State Total Cost
College Out of State Total Cost Rating Value
#21 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

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

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$23,800 NA NA
#23 DeVry University California

Pomona, Private For Profit

$24,345 NA NA
#24 Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, Private Not For Profit

$25,408 NA NA
#25 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$26,545 NA NA
#26 California College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$26,968 NA NA
#27 Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, Private For Profit

$27,190 NA NA
#28 Platt College Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$27,190 NA NA
#29 Life Pacific College

San Dimas, Private Not For Profit

$27,463 25 1
#30 King's University

Van Nuys, Private Not For Profit

$28,385 36 2
#31 National University

La Jolla, Private Not For Profit

$28,480 32 NA
#32 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, Public Not For Profit

$29,688 NA NA
#33 Coleman University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$30,995 NA NA
#34 California State University Fresno

Fresno, Public Not For Profit

$31,028 41 71
#35 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$31,030 63 84
#36 Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, Private For Profit

$31,467 NA NA
#37 Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$31,542 NA NA
#38 Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$31,635 NA NA
#39 California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, Public Not For Profit

$32,200 NA NA
#40 California State University Northridge

Northridge, Public Not For Profit

$32,243 40 57