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
#41 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, Public Not For Profit

$33,124 NA NA
#42 Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$33,298 NA NA
#43 Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$33,300 NA NA
#44 Platt College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$33,721 NA NA
#45 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$33,839 NA NA
#46 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$33,930 56 67
#47 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$34,171 36 46
#48 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$34,257 NA NA
#49 Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit

$34,400 68 71
#50 Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, Private For Profit

$34,487 NA NA
#51 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$34,588 38 28
#52 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$34,597 44 35
#53 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$34,684 35 18
#54 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$35,078 50 38
#55 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$35,410 NA NA
#56 Pacific States University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$35,987 NA NA
#57 West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$36,115 NA NA
#58 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$36,299 44 29
#59 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$36,442 39 34
#60 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$36,698 35 63