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
#1 Taft University System

Santa Ana, Private For Profit

$3,292 NA NA
#2 World Mission University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$6,240 NA NA
#3 Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, Private Not For Profit

$7,875 NA NA
#4 The National Hispanic University

San Jose, Private For Profit

$7,896 NA NA
#5 Patten University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$8,036 NA NA
#6 Epic Bible College

Sacramento, Private Not For Profit

$8,964 NA NA
#7 Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$9,000 NA NA
#8 California Christian College

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$9,120 NA NA
#9 Trident University International

Cypress, Private For Profit

$9,240 NA NA
#10 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$9,571 NA NA
#11 SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$9,600 NA NA
#12 University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, Private For Profit

$10,515 NA NA
#13 University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, Private For Profit

$10,543 NA NA
#14 University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, Private For Profit

$10,548 NA NA
#15 University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, Private For Profit

$10,549 NA NA
#16 University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, Private For Profit

$10,560 NA NA
#17 Lincoln University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$10,800 NA NA
#18 Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, Private Not For Profit

$10,800 NA NA
#19 Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, Private For Profit

$11,558 NA NA
#20 Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, Private For Profit

$11,558 NA NA
#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
#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
#61 California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 38 28
#62 California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, Public Not For Profit

$17,622 NA NA
#63 Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, Private For Profit

$17,640 NA NA
#64 California College San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$18,480 NA NA
#65 Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, Private For Profit

$19,800 NA NA
#66 Coleman University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$20,700 NA NA
#67 American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, Private For Profit

$21,420 NA NA
#68 Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, Private For Profit

$22,000 NA NA
#69 Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, Private Not For Profit

$24,000 NA NA
#70 Musicians Institute

Hollywood, Private For Profit

$24,525 NA NA
#71 The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, Private Not For Profit

$24,950 NA NA
#72 Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, Private For Profit

$25,500 NA NA
#73 Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, Private Not For Profit

$25,600 68 71
#74 West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, Private For Profit

$25,615 NA NA
#75 John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$26,200 53 18
#76 Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, Private For Profit

$27,786 NA NA
#77 Mills College

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$29,340 69 79
#78 Pacific Union College

Angwin, Private Not For Profit

$29,898 55 64
#79 American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$30,235 NA NA
#80 American Jewish University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$30,480 NA NA
#81 San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, Private Not For Profit

$30,760 39 10
#82 Providence Christian College

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$30,996 64 79
#83 Simpson University

Redding, Private Not For Profit

$31,180 49 50
#84 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Private For Profit

$31,362 NA NA
#85 FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, Private For Profit

$31,362 NA NA
#86 Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, Private Not For Profit

$31,600 NA NA
#87 Hope International University

Fullerton, Private Not For Profit

$32,250 31 13
#88 Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, Private Not For Profit

$32,250 90 99
#89 Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, Private Not For Profit

$32,458 45 59
#90 La Sierra University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$32,580 44 28
#91 California Baptist University

Riverside, Private Not For Profit

$32,942 47 42
#92 West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, Private For Profit

$34,060 NA NA
#93 West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, Private For Profit

$34,060 NA NA
#94 Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, Private Not For Profit

$34,134 NA NA
#95 William Jessup University

Rocklin, Private Not For Profit

$34,200 55 63
#96 Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, Private Not For Profit

$34,500 49 67
#97 Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, Private Not For Profit

$35,990 48 25
#98 Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$36,306 NA NA
#99 Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$36,350 64 38
#100 Holy Names University

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$39,576 46 53
#101 Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, Private Not For Profit

$39,640 70 80
#102 Woodbury University

Burbank, Private Not For Profit

$39,712 61 65
#103 University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 85 94
#104 University of California Davis

Davis, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 81 96
#105 University of California Irvine

Irvine, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 81 95
#106 University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 86 96
#107 University of California Riverside

Riverside, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 67 94
#108 University of California San Diego

La Jolla, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 82 95
#109 University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 77 94
#110 University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 68 84
#111 University of California Merced

Merced, Public Not For Profit

$41,196 52 91
#112 Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$41,592 57 45
#113 Biola University

La Mirada, Private Not For Profit

$41,976 65 48
#114 University of La Verne

La Verne, Private Not For Profit

$43,440 57 53
#115 Menlo College

Atherton, Private Not For Profit

$43,525 NA NA
#116 California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, Private Not For Profit

$43,900 61 57
#117 Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$44,272 NA NA
#118 Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$45,200 62 12
#119 Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$45,292 NA NA
#120 Westmont College

Santa Barbara, Private Not For Profit

$45,410 74 78
#121 San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$45,664 NA NA
#122 Dominican University of California

San Rafael, Private Not For Profit

$46,260 62 47
#123 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$46,350 NA NA
#124 University of the Pacific

Stockton, Private Not For Profit

$48,904 78 83
#125 Whittier College

Whittier, Private Not For Profit

$48,924 63 73
#126 Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, Private Not For Profit

$48,988 68 55
#127 Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$49,550 86 51
#128 University of San Francisco

San Francisco, Private Not For Profit

$49,740 75 63
#129 University of San Diego

San Diego, Private Not For Profit

$50,450 80 79
#130 California College of the Arts

Oakland, Private Not For Profit

$50,592 NA NA
#131 University of Redlands

Redlands, Private Not For Profit

$50,630 65 71
#132 California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Private Not For Profit

$50,850 NA NA
#133 California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, Private Not For Profit

$52,506 98 97
#134 Stanford University

Stanford, Private Not For Profit

$52,857 99 99
#135 Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, Private Not For Profit

$52,998 88 75
#136 Pomona College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$54,380 96 99
#137 Chapman University

Orange, Private Not For Profit

$54,540 79 55
#138 Pepperdine University

Malibu, Private Not For Profit

$55,640 77 60
#139 Pitzer College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$55,734 NA NA
#140 Occidental College

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$55,980 84 89
#141 Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$56,190 96 98
#142 Scripps College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$56,970 89 83
#143 University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Private Not For Profit

$57,256 92 92
#144 Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, Private Not For Profit

$58,359 90 89