California Out of State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Tuition for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in California by Out of State Tuition

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 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 out of 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 out of state tuition list price for the 2018/2019 school year.

What is the cheapest college in California? Leading the colleges list is Taft University System in Santa Ana with an out of 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 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 Tuition
College Out of State Tuition Rating Value
#21 University of the West

Rosemead, Private Not For Profit

$11,928 NA NA
#22 Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$12,000 NA NA
#23 Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, Private Not For Profit

$12,600 NA NA
#24 National University

La Jolla, Private Not For Profit

$13,320 32 NA
#25 Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$13,872 63 84
#26 King's University

Van Nuys, Private Not For Profit

$14,100 36 2
#27 Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, Private For Profit

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

Alhambra, Private For Profit

$14,279 NA NA
#29 Platt College Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

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

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

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

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

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

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$15,000 NA NA
#33 Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

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

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$15,790 NA NA
#35 Life Pacific College

San Dimas, Private Not For Profit

$15,792 25 1
#36 DeVry University California

Pomona, Private For Profit

$15,835 NA NA
#37 Pacific States University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$16,560 NA NA
#38 San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, Public Not For Profit

$16,632 NA NA
#39 Platt College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$17,125 NA NA
#40 California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 75 48