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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 Details
1

Folsom Lake College

Folsom

CA

$10,660

2 year

73.01%

In-State Cost

$0

2

Chabot College

Hayward

CA

$7,410

2 year

75.85%

In-State Cost

$0

3

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

In-State Cost

$0

4

American River College

Sacramento

CA

$7,838

2 year

69.9%

In-State Cost

$0

5

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

In-State Cost

$0

6

Sacramento City College

Sacramento

CA

$7,659

2 year

69.54%

In-State Cost

$0

7

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

In-State Cost

$0

8

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

$4,865

2 year

70.26%

In-State Cost

$0

9

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley

CA

$7,601

2 year

56.21%

In-State Cost

$1,104

10

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

In-State Cost

$1,104

11

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego

CA

$7,800

2 year

68.17%

In-State Cost

$1,104

12

MiraCosta College

Oceanside

CA

$7,294

2 year

71.28%

In-State Cost

$1,104

13

San Diego Miramar College

San Diego

CA

$7,799

2 year

70.33%

In-State Cost

$1,104

14

Butte College

Oroville

CA

$5,929

2 year

69.87%

In-State Cost

$1,104

15

Mission College

Santa Clara

CA

$9,725

2 year

68.99%

In-State Cost

$1,104

16

Columbia College

Sonora

CA

$7,258

2 year

56.83%

In-State Cost

$1,104

17

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

In-State Cost

$1,104

18

Reedley College

Reedley

CA

$4,848

2 year

66.4%

In-State Cost

$1,104

19

Modesto Junior College

Modesto

CA

$8,851

2 year

73.68%

In-State Cost

$1,104

20

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita

CA

$6,846

2 year

75.55%

In-State Cost

$1,104

21

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

In-State Cost

$1,104

22

Ohlone College

Fremont

CA

$12,083

2 year

76.95%

In-State Cost

$1,104

23

Copper Mountain Community College

Joshua Tree

CA

$10,299

2 year

53.55%

In-State Cost

$1,104

24

College of Alameda

Alameda

CA

$6,268

2 year

63.02%

In-State Cost

$1,104

25

El Camino College-Compton Center

Compton

CA

$7,548

2 year

61.65%

In-State Cost

$1,104


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