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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

Chabot College

Hayward

CA

$7,410

2 year

75.85%

$0

2

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

$0

3

American River College

Sacramento

CA

$7,838

2 year

69.9%

$0

4

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

$0

5

Sacramento City College

Sacramento

CA

$7,659

2 year

69.54%

$0

6

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

$0

7

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

$4,865

2 year

70.26%

$0

8

Folsom Lake College

Folsom

CA

$10,660

2 year

73.01%

$0

9

Shasta College

Redding

CA

$5,746

2 year

59.7%

$1,104

10

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga

CA

$9,589

2 year

72.24%

$1,104

11

Crafton Hills College

Yucaipa

CA

$12,222

2 year

66.28%

$1,104

12

College of the Redwoods

Eureka

CA

$6,163

2 year

57.74%

$1,104

13

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton

CA

$9,947

2 year

76.57%

$1,104

14

Sierra College

Rocklin

CA

$8,759

2 year

67.21%

$1,104

15

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster

CA

$6,019

2 year

75%

$1,104

16

Laney College

Oakland

CA

$8,507

2 year

56.2%

$1,104

17

Victor Valley College

Victorville

CA

$8,502

2 year

66.29%

$1,104

18

Fresno City College

Fresno

CA

$5,374

2 year

67.03%

$1,104

19

Lassen Community College

Susanville

CA

$7,120

2 year

48.5%

$1,104

20

Berkeley City College

Berkeley

CA

$9,939

2 year

52.77%

$1,104

21

Las Positas College

Livermore

CA

$5,855

2 year

77.18%

$1,104

22

Cypress College

Cypress

CA

$6,993

2 year

74.93%

$1,104

23

Napa Valley College

Napa

CA

$11,318

2 year

75.05%

$1,104

24

College of the Siskiyous

Weed

CA

$8,095

2 year

48.44%

$1,104

25

Fullerton College

Fullerton

CA

$7,892

2 year

72.18%

$1,104

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