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Cheapest Colleges in California

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.

Which California Colleges are the Cheapest?

It never hurts to save money on tuition when it comes to college, especially in California where costs in general are higher than the national average. Believe it or not, it is totally possible to have a quality education while paying low in-state tuition if you are a California resident. To help you with your college search, we have put together a list of California colleges with the lowest in-state tuition. Browse through it below to get a feel for the numbers and meet your future college!

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

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley

CA

$7,601

2 year

56.21%

$1,104

10

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

$1,104

11

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego

CA

$7,800

2 year

68.17%

$1,104

12

MiraCosta College

Oceanside

CA

$7,294

2 year

71.28%

$1,104

13

San Diego Miramar College

San Diego

CA

$7,799

2 year

70.33%

$1,104

14

Butte College

Oroville

CA

$5,929

2 year

69.87%

$1,104

15

Mission College

Santa Clara

CA

$9,725

2 year

68.99%

$1,104

16

Columbia College

Sonora

CA

$7,258

2 year

56.83%

$1,104

17

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

$1,104

18

Reedley College

Reedley

CA

$4,848

2 year

66.4%

$1,104

19

Modesto Junior College

Modesto

CA

$8,851

2 year

73.68%

$1,104

20

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita

CA

$6,846

2 year

75.55%

$1,104

21

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

$1,104

22

Ohlone College

Fremont

CA

$12,083

2 year

76.95%

$1,104

23

Copper Mountain Community College

Joshua Tree

CA

$10,299

2 year

53.55%

$1,104

24

College of Alameda

Alameda

CA

$6,268

2 year

63.02%

$1,104

25

El Camino College-Compton Center

Compton

CA

$7,548

2 year

61.65%

$1,104

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