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

$0
Casa Loma College Los Angeles

Sherman Oaks, CA

$0
Golden Gate University

San Francisco, CA

$0
Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA

$0
Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA

$0
Samuel Merritt University

Oakland, CA

$0
Antioch University Los Angeles

Culver City, CA

$0
Antioch University Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

$0
Homestead Schools

Torrance, CA

$0
The University of America

Temecula, California

$0
Claremont Lincoln University

Claremont, California

$0
University of the People

Pasadena, California

$1,200
Berkeley School of Theology

Berkeley, CA

$2,896
Taft University System

Santa Ana, CO

$3,410
Grace Mission University

Fullerton, CA

$3,480
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, California

$5,706
America Evangelical University

Gardena, California

$6,200
Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, CA

$6,560
California State University Fresno

Fresno, CA

$6,663
World Mission University

Los Angeles, CA

$6,680
California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$6,805
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA

$6,817
California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

$6,884
California State University East Bay

Hayward, CA

$6,995
California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

$7,007
Haven University

Garden Grove, California

$7,010
Pathways College

Pasadena, California

$7,056
California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA

$7,060
California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA

$7,069
California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, CA

$7,116
California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

$7,323
California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, CA

$7,439
California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

$7,484
California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

$7,486
San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

$7,524
Pacific States University

Los Angeles, CA

$7,530
California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

$7,637
California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

$7,733
California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

$7,734
Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

$7,864
San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

$7,899
Agape College of Business and Science

Fresno, California

$7,942
California State University Chico

Chico, CA

$7,972
Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

$8,060
San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

$8,174
The National Hispanic University

San Jose, California

$8,196
San Francisco Bay University

Fremont, California

$8,720
Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America

Santa Fe Springs, California

$8,835
Trident University International

Cypress, CA

$9,240
California Arts University

Fullerton, California

$9,300
Epic Bible College

Sacramento, CA

$9,689
Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, CA

$9,840
Pacific College of Health and Science San Diego

San Diego, CA

$10,138
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

$10,319
Latin American Bible Institute

La Puente, California

$10,520
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, CA

$10,730
California Christian College

Fresno, CA

$10,890
University of Phoenix San Diego Campus

San Diego, California

$11,275
University of Phoenix Sacramento Valley Campus

Sacramento, California

$11,303
University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus

San Jose, California

$11,308
University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus

Fresno, California

$11,309
University of Phoenix Southern California Campus

Costa Mesa, California

$11,320
Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, CA

$11,400
Lincoln University

Oakland, CA

$11,420
Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

$11,658
Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria

Santa Maria, CA

$11,658
Pacific Oaks College

Pasadena, CA

$11,692
King's University

Van Nuys, TX

$12,720
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$13,224
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at San Diego

San Diego, California

$13,224
National University

San Diego, CA

$13,320
University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$13,401
University of California Merced

Merced, CA

$13,791
University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA

$13,874
University of California Irvine

Irvine, CA

$13,939
University of the West

Rosemead, CA

$14,018
University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

$14,240
University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$14,395
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, CA

$14,460
Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, CA

$14,519
Platt College Ontario

Ontario, CA

$14,519
Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$14,600
University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

$14,617
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, CA

$14,760
University of California Davis

Davis, CA

$14,858
University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA

$14,906
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, CA

$14,954
Platt College San Diego

San Diego, CA

$15,310
Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, CA

$15,588
Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad West Coast Talmudical Seminary

Los Angeles, CA

$15,700
DeVry University California

Pomona, California

$15,915
Oak Valley College

Rialto, California

$16,080
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, CA

$17,650
Minerva University

San Francisco, California

$17,650
Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, CA

$18,240
California College San Diego

San Diego, California

$18,480
Life Pacific College

San Dimas, CA

$19,140
Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, CA

$19,190
Coleman University

San Diego, CA

$20,725
Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, CA

$21,650
Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, CA

$22,480
California Jazz Conservatory

Berkeley, CA

$22,800
West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, CA

$22,889
American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, CA

$24,575
Musicians Institute

Hollywood, CA

$24,795
Los Angeles College of Music

Pasadena, CA

$25,650
Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, CA

$26,175
San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, CA

$26,300
Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

$27,000
Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$27,875
John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, CA

$28,000
University of Saint Katherine

San Marcos, California

$28,800
Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, CA

$30,291
American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, CA

$30,800
Mills College

Oakland, CA

$30,950
American Jewish University

Los Angeles, CA

$32,404
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$32,645
FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$32,645
The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

$32,870
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, CA

$33,037
Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

$33,678
Providence Christian College

Pasadena, CA

$33,884
Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

$34,188
Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, CA

$34,600
La Sierra University

Riverside, CA

$34,902
Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

$35,544
Hope International University

Fullerton, CA

$35,700
West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, CA

$36,140
West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, CA

$36,140
Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

$36,596
Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

$36,908
William Jessup University

Rocklin, CA

$37,150
Simpson University

Redding, CA

$37,480
California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

$38,058
Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA

$38,700
Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, CA

$40,180
Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

$41,100
Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

$42,115
Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

$42,330
Biola University

La Mirada, CA

$44,382
Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

$44,908
San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, CA

$46,064
Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA

$46,740
University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

$47,000
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

$48,012
Menlo College

Atherton, CA

$49,090
Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

$49,426
Whittier College

Whittier, CA

$49,864
Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

$49,942
Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

$50,066
Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, CA

$50,690
Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA

$52,460
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, CA

$52,800
University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

$53,682
Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, CA

$53,932
University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$54,554
California College of the Arts

Oakland, CA

$54,706
California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

$55,056
University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$55,532
University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

$55,678
Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

$55,926
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

$57,534
Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$58,416
Pomona College

Claremont, CA

$59,238
Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

$60,566
Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

$60,578
Chapman University

Orange, CA

$60,672
Scripps College

Claremont, CA

$60,712
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

$60,715
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$60,864
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

$62,817
Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

$63,142
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$64,726