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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 Details
1

Sacramento City College

Sacramento

CA

$7,659

2 year

69.54%

In-State Cost

$0

2

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

In-State Cost

$0

3

City College of San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

$4,865

2 year

70.26%

In-State Cost

$0

4

Folsom Lake College

Folsom

CA

$10,660

2 year

73.01%

In-State Cost

$0

5

Chabot College

Hayward

CA

$7,410

2 year

75.85%

In-State Cost

$0

6

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

In-State Cost

$0

7

American River College

Sacramento

CA

$7,838

2 year

69.9%

In-State Cost

$0

8

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

In-State Cost

$0

9

Cypress College

Cypress

CA

$6,993

2 year

74.93%

In-State Cost

$1,104

10

Napa Valley College

Napa

CA

$11,318

2 year

75.05%

In-State Cost

$1,104

11

College of the Siskiyous

Weed

CA

$8,095

2 year

48.44%

In-State Cost

$1,104

12

Fullerton College

Fullerton

CA

$7,892

2 year

72.18%

In-State Cost

$1,104

13

Barstow Community College

Barstow

CA

$9,534

2 year

42.19%

In-State Cost

$1,104

14

Citrus College

Glendora

CA

$4,333

2 year

68.23%

In-State Cost

$1,104

15

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo

CA

$11,278

2 year

76.69%

In-State Cost

$1,104

16

West Valley College

Saratoga

CA

$11,620

2 year

76.47%

In-State Cost

$1,104

17

Glendale Community College

Glendale

CA

$4,188

2 year

71.65%

In-State Cost

$1,104

18

Long Beach City College

Long Beach

CA

$5,668

2 year

73.12%

In-State Cost

$1,104

19

Merced College

Merced

CA

$9,870

2 year

72.71%

In-State Cost

$1,104

20

Pasadena City College

Pasadena

CA

$6,652

2 year

60.9%

In-State Cost

$1,104

21

San Diego City College

San Diego

CA

$6,531

2 year

69.04%

In-State Cost

$1,104

22

Merritt College

Oakland

CA

$11,041

2 year

49.69%

In-State Cost

$1,104

23

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley

CA

$7,601

2 year

56.21%

In-State Cost

$1,104

24

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

In-State Cost

$1,104

25

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego

CA

$7,800

2 year

68.17%

In-State Cost

$1,104


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