California Colleges Ranked by Lowest In State Tution

Cheapest Colleges in California by In State Tution

Below is a college cost ranking of the 143 colleges in California with the lowest in state tution. What is the cheapest college in California? Taft University System tops the list with a tuition and fee total of $3,410. 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 2021/2022 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
Taft University System

Santa Ana, CO

San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, California

World Mission University

Los Angeles, CA

Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, CA

California State University Fresno

Fresno, CA

California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA

California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

California State University East Bay

Hayward, CA

California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA

California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA

California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, CA

California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

Pacific States University

Los Angeles, CA

California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, CA

California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

California State University Chico

Chico, CA

Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

The National Hispanic University

San Jose, California

Trident University International

Cypress, CA

Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, CA

Epic Bible College

Sacramento, CA

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, CA

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

California Christian College

Fresno, CA

SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, CA

Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, CA

University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, California

University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, California

University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, California

University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, California

University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, California

Lincoln University

Oakland, CA

Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, CA

Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, CA

University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

University of the West

Rosemead, CA

University of California Merced

Merced, CA

University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA

University of California Irvine

Irvine, CA

University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, CA

Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

University of California Davis

Davis, CA

University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, CA

Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, CA

Platt College Ontario

Ontario, CA

Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, CA

Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, CA

Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, CA

King's University

Van Nuys, TX

DeVry University California

Pomona, California

Platt College San Diego

San Diego, CA

Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, CA

Life Pacific College

San Dimas, CA

California College San Diego

San Diego, California

Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, CA

Coleman University

San Diego, CA

Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, CA

West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, CA

American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, CA

Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, CA

Musicians Institute

Hollywood, CA

Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Los Angeles College of Music

Pasadena, CA

Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, CA

John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, CA

The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, CA

Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, CA

American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, CA

Mills College

Oakland, CA

Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

American Jewish University

Los Angeles, CA

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Providence Christian College

Pasadena, CA

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, CA

Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

La Sierra University

Riverside, CA

San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, CA

West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, CA

West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, CA

Hope International University

Fullerton, CA

Simpson University

Redding, CA

Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

William Jessup University

Rocklin, CA

California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA

Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

Biola University

La Mirada, CA

Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, CA

Menlo College

Atherton, CA

Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, CA

Whittier College

Whittier, CA

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, CA

Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA

Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, CA

California College of the Arts

Oakland, CA

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Pomona College

Claremont, CA

Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Scripps College

Claremont, CA

Chapman University

Orange, CA

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA