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Afforable California Colleges

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.

Ranked List of the Most Afforable California Colleges

California's great weather and wonderful employment opportunities make it a highly desirable place for students across the nation to pursue higher education. Unfortunately, the housing, tuition, and fees for out-of-state students are generally higher than the national average, but out-of-state students can be assured to still be able to get a quality education for a lower cost in California. Get a feel for the rates for a variety of California schools using our list below. We have sorted out the California colleges in order of lowest out-of-state costs.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Out-of-State Cost
1

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

$0

2

The University of America

Murrieta

CA

N/A

4 year

N/A

$2,500

3

Grace Mission University

Fullerton

CA

N/A

4 year

94.59%

$2,500

4

West Valley College

Saratoga

CA

$11,620

2 year

76.47%

$4,896

5

World Mission University

Los Angeles

CA

N/A

4 year

100%

$5,040

6

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana

CA

$6,024

2 year

71.13%

$5,280

7

Santiago Canyon College

Orange

CA

$4,914

2 year

76.94%

$5,280

8

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley

CA

$7,601

2 year

56.21%

$5,400

9

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

$5,400

10

Barstow Community College

Barstow

CA

$9,534

2 year

42.19%

$5,400

11

Southwestern College

Chula Vista

CA

$5,931

2 year

71.16%

$5,404

12

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita

CA

$6,846

2 year

75.55%

$5,424

13

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

$5,520

14

Crafton Hills College

Yucaipa

CA

$12,222

2 year

66.28%

$5,568

15

Glendale Community College

Glendale

CA

$4,188

2 year

71.65%

$5,592

16

Palomar College

San Marcos

CA

$5,110

2 year

71.27%

$5,600

17

Cabrillo College

Aptos

CA

$9,635

2 year

70.44%

$5,628

18

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

$5,640

19

El Camino College-Compton Center

Compton

CA

$7,548

2 year

61.65%

$5,640

20

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster

CA

$6,019

2 year

75%

$5,664

21

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo

CA

$11,278

2 year

76.69%

$5,664

22

Woodland Community College

Woodland

CA

$6,861

2 year

61.54%

$5,684

23

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego

CA

$7,800

2 year

68.17%

$5,736

24

MiraCosta College

Oceanside

CA

$7,294

2 year

71.28%

$5,736

25

San Diego Miramar College

San Diego

CA

$7,799

2 year

70.33%

$5,736

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