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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 Details
1

San Joaquin Delta College

Stockton

CA

$9,947

2 year

76.57%

Distance Learning

Yes

2

Berkeley City College

Berkeley

CA

$9,939

2 year

52.77%

Distance Learning

Yes

3

El Camino Community College District

Torrance

CA

$9,936

2 year

75.99%

Distance Learning

Yes

4

Merced College

Merced

CA

$9,870

2 year

72.71%

Distance Learning

Yes

5

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona

CA

$9,824

4 year

88.83%

Distance Learning

Yes

6

Golden West College

Huntington Beach

CA

$9,752

2 year

71.43%

Distance Learning

Yes

7

Mission College

Santa Clara

CA

$9,725

2 year

68.99%

Distance Learning

Yes

8

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg

CA

$9,691

2 year

76.7%

Distance Learning

Yes

9

Cabrillo College

Aptos

CA

$9,635

2 year

70.44%

Distance Learning

Yes

10

Chaffey College

Rancho Cucamonga

CA

$9,589

2 year

72.24%

Distance Learning

Yes

11

Barstow Community College

Barstow

CA

$9,534

2 year

42.19%

Distance Learning

Yes

12

Los Angeles Harbor College

Wilmington

CA

$9,523

2 year

74.17%

Distance Learning

Yes

13

San Francisco State University

San Francisco

CA

$9,356

4 year

83.6%

Distance Learning

Yes

14

Feather River Community College District

Quincy

CA

$9,254

2 year

52.69%

Distance Learning

Yes

15

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento

CA

$9,231

2 year

73.09%

Distance Learning

Yes

16

Mendocino College

Ukiah

CA

$9,194

2 year

58.47%

Distance Learning

Yes

17

Monterey Peninsula College

Monterey

CA

$9,075

2 year

69.86%

Distance Learning

Yes

18

College of Marin

Kentfield

CA

$9,020

2 year

65.15%

Distance Learning

Yes

19

Modesto Junior College

Modesto

CA

$8,851

2 year

73.68%

Distance Learning

Yes

20

Sierra College

Rocklin

CA

$8,759

2 year

67.21%

Distance Learning

Yes

21

California State University-East Bay

Hayward

CA

$8,723

4 year

80.57%

Distance Learning

Yes

22

College of the Desert

Palm Desert

CA

$8,683

2 year

74.43%

Distance Learning

Yes

23

Los Angeles Mission College

Sylmar

CA

$8,627

2 year

70.85%

Distance Learning

Yes

24

East Los Angeles College

Monterey Park

CA

$8,600

2 year

73.43%

Distance Learning

Yes

25

Los Angeles Pierce College

Woodland Hills

CA

$8,568

2 year

74.82%

Distance Learning

Yes


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