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 State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Agape College of Business and Science

Fresno, California

California State University Chico

Chico, CA

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

The National Hispanic University

San Jose, California

San Francisco Bay University

Fremont, California

Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America

Santa Fe Springs, California

Trident University International

Cypress, CA

California Arts University

Fullerton, California

Epic Bible College

Sacramento, CA

Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, CA

Pacific College of Health and Science San Diego

San Diego, CA

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA