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
#1 Trident University International

Cypress, Private For Profit

$15,785 NA NA
#2 World Mission University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$16,121 NA NA
#3 California Christian College

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$17,260 NA NA
#4 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, Private For Profit

$17,505 NA NA
#5 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, Private For Profit

$17,533 NA NA
#6 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, Private For Profit

$17,538 NA NA
#7 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, Private For Profit

$17,539 NA NA
#8 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, Private For Profit

$17,550 NA NA
#9 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$17,710 NA NA
#10 Patten University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$18,174 NA NA
#11 Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, Private Not For Profit

$18,815 NA NA
#12 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$18,884 NA NA
#13 The National Hispanic University

San Jose, Private For Profit

$19,946 NA NA
#14 Lincoln University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$20,480 NA NA
#15 Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$20,820 NA NA
#16 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, Private Not For Profit

$22,007 NA NA
#17 Taft University System

Santa Ana, Private For Profit

$22,660 NA NA
#18 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$22,715 NA NA
#19 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$22,924 NA NA
#20 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

$23,390 NA NA
#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
#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
#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
#81 La Sierra University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$44,166 44 28
#82 West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, Private For Profit

$44,580 NA NA
#83 West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$44,580 NA NA
#84 American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$45,626 NA NA
#85 Hope International University

Fullerton, Private Not For Profit

$45,997 31 13
#86 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$46,371 69 79
#87 Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, Private Not For Profit

$46,430 49 67
#88 California Baptist University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$46,512 47 42
#89 San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$46,538 39 10
#90 William Jessup University

Rocklin, Private Not For Profit

$48,621 55 63
#91 Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit

$48,984 90 99
#92 Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$49,572 64 38
#93 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private For Profit

$50,317 NA NA
#94 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, Private For Profit

$50,317 NA NA
#95 Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, Private Not For Profit

$50,510 48 25
#96 Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, Private Not For Profit

$50,657 NA NA
#97 American Jewish University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$50,819 NA NA
#98 Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, Private Not For Profit

$52,628 NA NA
#99 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$53,108 70 80
#100 Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$53,650 NA NA
#101 Biola University

La Mirada, Private Not For Profit

$55,460 65 48
#102 Woodbury University

Burbank, Private Not For Profit

$55,561 61 65
#103 Holy Names University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$55,668 46 53
#104 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$57,321 57 45
#105 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$59,568 82 95
#106 Menlo College

Atherton, Private Not For Profit

$59,651 NA NA
#107 University of La Verne

La Verne, Private Not For Profit

$60,262 57 53
#108 California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, Private Not For Profit

$60,453 61 57
#109 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$60,849 77 94
#110 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$61,006 81 95
#111 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$61,082 86 96
#112 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$61,125 67 94
#113 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$61,182 81 96
#114 University of California Merced

Merced, Public Not For Profit

$61,354 52 91
#115 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$61,781 68 84
#116 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$62,462 NA NA
#117 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$62,840 74 78
#118 Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$63,292 NA NA
#119 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$63,982 85 94
#120 Dominican University of California

San Rafael, Private Not For Profit

$64,226 62 47
#121 Whittier College

Whittier, Private Not For Profit

$64,668 63 73
#122 Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$64,964 62 12
#123 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$64,967 78 83
#124 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Private Not For Profit

$66,580 NA NA
#125 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$66,635 NA NA
#126 California College of the Arts

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$66,663 NA NA
#127 Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, Private Not For Profit

$66,683 68 55
#128 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$66,729 86 51
#129 San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$66,941 NA NA
#130 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$67,282 80 79
#131 University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$67,292 75 63
#132 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$67,620 65 71
#133 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$71,112 88 75
#134 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$71,207 99 99
#135 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$72,042 79 55
#136 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$72,672 98 97
#137 Pepperdine University

Malibu, Private Not For Profit

$72,812 77 60
#138 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$72,980 96 99
#139 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$73,850 84 89
#140 Pitzer College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$74,550 NA NA
#141 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$74,975 96 98
#142 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$75,307 92 92
#143 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$75,588 89 83
#144 Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$78,139 90 89