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Lowest In-State Cost California Colleges

Find California college programs that fit your lifestyle! Our website helps you discover the Golden State’s best college opportunities for your budget, schedule and career goals.

List of California Colleges with the Lowest In-State Cost

With the cost of living in California being relatively high already and on the continual rise, it is completely understandable for residents wanting to save money when it comes to college. In addition to tuition, students must also account for other essential expenses like food, transportation, rent, school supplies, and utilities, to name a few. With that said, choosing a low-cost college will allow them to budget wisely and have a little more spending money (or just stay out of/minimize debt). To help you narrow down your college choices, we have compiled a list of California colleges with the lowest in-state costs below.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate In-State Cost
1

Folsom Lake College

Folsom

CA

$10,660

2 year

73.01%

$0

2

Chabot College

Hayward

CA

$7,410

2 year

75.85%

$0

3

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

$0

4

American River College

Sacramento

CA

$7,838

2 year

69.9%

$0

5

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

$0

6

Sacramento City College

Sacramento

CA

$7,659

2 year

69.54%

$0

7

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

$0

8

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

$4,865

2 year

70.26%

$0

9

Butte College

Oroville

CA

$5,929

2 year

69.87%

$1,104

10

Mission College

Santa Clara

CA

$9,725

2 year

68.99%

$1,104

11

Columbia College

Sonora

CA

$7,258

2 year

56.83%

$1,104

12

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

$1,104

13

Reedley College

Reedley

CA

$4,848

2 year

66.4%

$1,104

14

Modesto Junior College

Modesto

CA

$8,851

2 year

73.68%

$1,104

15

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita

CA

$6,846

2 year

75.55%

$1,104

16

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

$1,104

17

Ohlone College

Fremont

CA

$12,083

2 year

76.95%

$1,104

18

Copper Mountain Community College

Joshua Tree

CA

$10,299

2 year

53.55%

$1,104

19

College of Alameda

Alameda

CA

$6,268

2 year

63.02%

$1,104

20

El Camino College-Compton Center

Compton

CA

$7,548

2 year

61.65%

$1,104

21

Orange Coast College

Costa Mesa

CA

$10,053

2 year

76.44%

$1,104

22

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana

CA

$6,024

2 year

71.13%

$1,104

23

Santiago Canyon College

Orange

CA

$4,914

2 year

76.94%

$1,104

24

Shasta College

Redding

CA

$5,746

2 year

59.7%

$1,104

25

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga

CA

$9,589

2 year

72.24%

$1,104

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