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

$3,410
San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus

Calexico, California

$5,706
World Mission University

Los Angeles, CA

$6,440
Bethesda University of California

Anaheim, CA

$6,560
California State University Fresno

Fresno, CA

$6,653
California State University Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$6,785
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA

$6,817
California State University Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

$6,846
California State University Fullerton

Fullerton, CA

$6,976
California State University East Bay

Hayward, CA

$6,995
California State University Northridge

Northridge, CA

$7,043
California State University Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA

$7,060
California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, CA

$7,116
California State University San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

$7,213
California State University Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA

$7,218
San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

$7,304
Pacific States University

Los Angeles, CA

$7,380
California State University Sacramento

Sacramento, CA

$7,392
California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Pomona, CA

$7,439
California State University Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

$7,579
California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

$7,644
California State University San Marcos

San Marcos, CA

$7,727
San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

$7,852
California State University Chico

Chico, CA

$7,864
Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

$7,864
Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

$7,988
San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

$8,136
The National Hispanic University

San Jose, California

$8,196
Trident University International

Cypress, CA

$9,240
Horizon College San Diego

San Diego, CA

$9,300
Epic Bible College

Sacramento, CA

$9,689
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine LLC San Diego

San Diego, CA

$9,826
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

$10,195
California Christian College

Fresno, CA

$10,290
SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Oakland, CA

$10,540
Azusa Pacific Online University

Glendora, CA

$10,800
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
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
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

Redding, CA

$12,860
University of California Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$13,258
University of the West

Rosemead, CA

$13,604
University of California Merced

Merced, CA

$13,657
University of California Riverside

Riverside, CA

$13,754
University of California Irvine

Irvine, CA

$13,775
University of California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

$14,070
University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$14,226
University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

$14,417
Humphreys College Stockton and Modesto Campuses

Stockton, CA

$14,580
Touro College Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$14,600
University of California Davis

Davis, CA

$14,645
University of California San Diego

La Jolla, CA

$14,700
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, CA

$14,954
Platt College Los Angeles

Alhambra, CA

$15,089
Platt College Ontario

Ontario, CA

$15,089
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre

Blue Lake, CA

$15,400
Mt Sierra College

Monrovia, CA

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

Los Angeles, CA

$15,700
King's University

Van Nuys, TX

$15,900
DeVry University California

Pomona, California

$15,915
Platt College San Diego

San Diego, CA

$16,378
Southern California Seminary

El Cajon, CA

$17,736
Life Pacific College

San Dimas, CA

$18,300
California College San Diego

San Diego, California

$18,480
Southern California Institute of Technology

Anaheim, CA

$19,190
Coleman University

San Diego, CA

$20,725
Cogswell College

Sunnyvale, CA

$21,784
West Coast University Orange County

Anaheim, CA

$22,548
American University of Health Sciences

Signal Hill, CA

$22,975
Expression College for Digital Arts

Emeryville, CA

$23,599
Musicians Institute

Hollywood, CA

$24,795
Design Institute of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$25,613
Los Angeles College of Music

Pasadena, CA

$25,650
Thomas Aquinas College

Santa Paula, CA

$26,000
Columbia College Hollywood

Tarzana, CA

$26,175
John Paul the Great Catholic University

San Diego, CA

$28,000
The Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

$28,870
Newschool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, CA

$29,427
Santa Barbara Business College Ventura

Ventura, CA

$30,331
American Conservatory Theater

San Francisco, CA

$30,800
Mills College

Oakland, CA

$30,950
Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

$32,103
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
Providence Christian College

Pasadena, CA

$33,396
Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

$33,452
Laguna College of Art and Design

Laguna Beach, CA

$33,600
Soka University of America

Aliso Viejo, CA

$34,166
La Sierra University

Riverside, CA

$34,218
San Diego Christian College

El Cajon, CA

$34,310
West Coast University Los Angeles

North Hollywood, CA

$35,178
West Coast University Ontario

Ontario, CA

$35,178
Hope International University

Fullerton, CA

$35,450
Simpson University

Redding, CA

$35,900
Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

$36,596
Marymount California University

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

$36,908
William Jessup University

Rocklin, CA

$37,000
California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

$37,018
Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA

$37,700
Concordia University Irvine

Irvine, CA

$38,740
Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

$39,500
Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

$40,904
Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

$41,510
Woodbury University

Burbank, CA

$43,418
Biola University

La Mirada, CA

$44,382
Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA

$45,388
University of La Verne

La Verne, CA

$45,850
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

$46,012
San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco, CA

$46,064
Menlo College

Atherton, CA

$47,425
Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

$47,910
Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA

$48,044
Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

$48,660
Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, CA

$49,016
Whittier College

Whittier, CA

$49,514
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

San Francisco, CA

$50,800
Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, CA

$50,950
Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, CA

$51,768
California College of the Arts

Oakland, CA

$52,312
University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA

$52,352
University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

$52,864
California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, CA

$53,466
University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$53,472
Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

$53,526
University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

$54,066
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

$55,860
Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$56,169
Pomona College

Claremont, CA

$56,686
Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

$57,978
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

$58,111
Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

$58,426
Scripps College

Claremont, CA

$58,442
Chapman University

Orange, CA

$58,634
California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$58,680
Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

$59,702
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

$60,703
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

$61,503