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California Colleges By Net Cost

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.

California Colleges Ranked By Net Cost

Do you qualify for financial aid? Whether you're an in-state or out-of-state prospective student in California, it will be useful for you to consider net cost. What is net cost? In short, it is the amount charged to first-time full-time students after their financial aid has been deducted. Get an idea of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket once your aid has been deducted by exploring California colleges with their respective net costs below. The more prepared you are financially, the better off you will be and the less you will have to worry about during and after college.

Rank School Name City State Net Cost School Level Retention Rate Distance Learning
1

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton

CA

$9,947

2 year

76.57%

Yes

2

Berkeley City College

Berkeley

CA

$9,939

2 year

52.77%

Yes

3

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

Yes

4

Merced College

Merced

CA

$9,870

2 year

72.71%

Yes

5

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona

CA

$9,824

4 year

88.83%

Yes

6

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

Yes

7

Mission College

Santa Clara

CA

$9,725

2 year

68.99%

Yes

8

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg

CA

$9,691

2 year

76.7%

Yes

9

Cabrillo College

Aptos

CA

$9,635

2 year

70.44%

Yes

10

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga

CA

$9,589

2 year

72.24%

Yes

11

Barstow Community College

Barstow

CA

$9,534

2 year

42.19%

Yes

12

Los Angeles Harbor College

Wilmington

CA

$9,523

2 year

74.17%

Yes

13

San Francisco State University

San Francisco

CA

$9,356

4 year

83.6%

Yes

14

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

Yes

15

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

Yes

16

Mendocino College

Ukiah

CA

$9,194

2 year

58.47%

Yes

17

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

Yes

18

College of Marin

Kentfield

CA

$9,020

2 year

65.15%

Yes

19

Modesto Junior College

Modesto

CA

$8,851

2 year

73.68%

Yes

20

Sierra College

Rocklin

CA

$8,759

2 year

67.21%

Yes

21

California State University-East Bay

Hayward

CA

$8,723

4 year

80.57%

Yes

22

College of the Desert

Palm Desert

CA

$8,683

2 year

74.43%

Yes

23

Los Angeles Mission College

Sylmar

CA

$8,627

2 year

70.85%

Yes

24

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park

CA

$8,600

2 year

73.43%

Yes

25

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills

CA

$8,568

2 year

74.82%

Yes

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