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
#41 California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 NA NA
#42 California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 NA NA
#43 California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 36 46
#44 California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 54 45
#45 California State University Chico

Chico, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 50 38
#46 California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 NA NA
#47 California State University Fresno

Fresno, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 41 71
#48 California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 48 47
#49 California State University East Bay

Hayward, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 NA NA
#50 California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 56 67
#51 California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 35 63
#52 California State University Northridge

Northridge, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 40 57
#53 California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 39 34
#54 California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 NA NA
#55 Humboldt State University

Arcata, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 35 18
#56 San Diego State University

San Diego, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 64 49
#57 San Francisco State University

San Francisco, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 44 29
#58 San Jose State University

San Jose, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 55 45
#59 Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 45 20
#60 California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 44 35