California Colleges Ranked by Lowest In State Tution

Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Tution

Below is a college cost ranking of the 173 colleges in California with the lowest in state tution. What is the cheapest college in California? California Institute of Integral Studies tops the list with a tuition and fee total of $0. Note these costs do not include room and board or living expenses.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published price. 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 in state tution with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeSimply Best Value Colleges in California list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2022-2022 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021/2022 academic year.

List of California Colleges Ranked by Lowest In State Tution
School Tuition In State
California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, CA

Casa Loma College Los Angeles

Sherman Oaks, CA

Golden Gate University

San Francisco, CA

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Culver City, CA

Antioch University Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

Homestead Schools

Torrance, CA

The University of America

Temecula, California

Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont, California

University of the People

Pasadena, California

Berkeley School of Theology

Berkeley, CA

Taft University System

Santa Ana, CO

Grace Mission University

Fullerton, CA

San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, California

America Evangelical University

Gardena, California

Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, CA