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
#61 California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, Public Not For Profit

$36,714 48 47
#62 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, Public Not For Profit

$36,940 45 20
#63 California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Public Not For Profit

$37,638 NA NA
#64 California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, Public Not For Profit

$37,818 54 45
#65 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$37,972 75 48
#66 American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, Private For Profit

$38,237 NA NA
#67 The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, Private Not For Profit

$38,522 NA NA
#68 San Jose State University

San Jose, Public Not For Profit

$38,736 55 45
#69 Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, Private For Profit

$38,790 NA NA
#70 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, Private For Profit

$38,916 NA NA
#71 San Diego State University

San Diego, Public Not For Profit

$39,111 64 49
#72 Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, Private Not For Profit

$40,191 NA NA
#73 Pacific Union College

Angwin, Private Not For Profit

$41,094 55 64
#74 John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$41,144 53 18
#75 Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$41,569 NA NA
#76 Musicians Institute

Hollywood, Private For Profit

$42,441 NA NA
#77 Simpson University

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$43,050 49 50
#78 Providence Christian College

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$43,336 64 79
#79 Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, Private For Profit

$43,383 NA NA
#80 Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$43,875 45 59