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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

Sacramento City College

Sacramento

CA

$7,659

2 year

69.54%

$0

2

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

$0

3

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

$4,865

2 year

70.26%

$0

4

Folsom Lake College

Folsom

CA

$10,660

2 year

73.01%

$0

5

Chabot College

Hayward

CA

$7,410

2 year

75.85%

$0

6

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

$0

7

American River College

Sacramento

CA

$7,838

2 year

69.9%

$0

8

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

$0

9

Cypress College

Cypress

CA

$6,993

2 year

74.93%

$1,104

10

Napa Valley College

Napa

CA

$11,318

2 year

75.05%

$1,104

11

College of the Siskiyous

Weed

CA

$8,095

2 year

48.44%

$1,104

12

Fullerton College

Fullerton

CA

$7,892

2 year

72.18%

$1,104

13

Barstow Community College

Barstow

CA

$9,534

2 year

42.19%

$1,104

14

Citrus College

Glendora

CA

$4,333

2 year

68.23%

$1,104

15

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo

CA

$11,278

2 year

76.69%

$1,104

16

West Valley College

Saratoga

CA

$11,620

2 year

76.47%

$1,104

17

Glendale Community College

Glendale

CA

$4,188

2 year

71.65%

$1,104

18

Long Beach City College

Long Beach

CA

$5,668

2 year

73.12%

$1,104

19

Merced College

Merced

CA

$9,870

2 year

72.71%

$1,104

20

Pasadena City College

Pasadena

CA

$6,652

2 year

60.9%

$1,104

21

San Diego City College

San Diego

CA

$6,531

2 year

69.04%

$1,104

22

Merritt College

Oakland

CA

$11,041

2 year

49.69%

$1,104

23

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley

CA

$7,601

2 year

56.21%

$1,104

24

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

$1,104

25

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego

CA

$7,800

2 year

68.17%

$1,104

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