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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 Details
1

San Bernardino Valley College

San Bernardino

CA

$7,655

2 year

65.92%

Out-of-State Cost

$0

2

Grace Mission University

Fullerton

CA

N/A

4 year

94.59%

Out-of-State Cost

$2,500

3

The University of America

Murrieta

CA

N/A

4 year

N/A

Out-of-State Cost

$2,500

4

West Valley College

Saratoga

CA

$11,620

2 year

76.47%

Out-of-State Cost

$4,896

5

World Mission University

Los Angeles

CA

N/A

4 year

100%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,040

6

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana

CA

$6,024

2 year

71.13%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,280

7

Santiago Canyon College

Orange

CA

$4,914

2 year

76.94%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,280

8

Barstow Community College

Barstow

CA

$9,534

2 year

42.19%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,400

9

Coastline Community College

Fountain Valley

CA

$7,601

2 year

56.21%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,400

10

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,400

11

Southwestern College

Chula Vista

CA

$5,931

2 year

71.16%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,404

12

College of the Canyons

Santa Clarita

CA

$6,846

2 year

75.55%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,424

13

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,520

14

Crafton Hills College

Yucaipa

CA

$12,222

2 year

66.28%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,568

15

Glendale Community College

Glendale

CA

$4,188

2 year

71.65%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,592

16

Palomar College

San Marcos

CA

$5,110

2 year

71.27%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,600

17

Cabrillo College

Aptos

CA

$9,635

2 year

70.44%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,628

18

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,640

19

El Camino College-Compton Center

Compton

CA

$7,548

2 year

61.65%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,640

20

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo

CA

$11,278

2 year

76.69%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,664

21

Antelope Valley College

Lancaster

CA

$6,019

2 year

75%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,664

22

Woodland Community College

Woodland

CA

$6,861

2 year

61.54%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,684

23

Pasadena City College

Pasadena

CA

$6,652

2 year

60.9%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,736

24

San Diego City College

San Diego

CA

$6,531

2 year

69.04%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,736

25

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego

CA

$7,800

2 year

68.17%

Out-of-State Cost

$5,736


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