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Lowest In State Tuition: Large Colleges and Universities

This data is sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ( http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/ ).

About the study

These are the least expensive post-secondary schools in the U.S. when it comes to the cost of in-state tuition and fees, based on information from the 2013-14 school year, as obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics. This list includes schools with a total enrollment of 10,000 or more students. Be aware that tuition and fees can be much higher for out-of-state students, particularly when room and board is factored in. On the other hand, scholarship and grants can help to offset tuition and fees, both for in-state and out-of-state students.

Interestingly, California dominates the list from top to bottom. Many, if not all of these schools, are community/technical colleges that offer certificates and Associate degrees. California actually has a large system of public, inexpensive 2-year schools for students living in its state, and students may also be able to find many 2+2 programs that allow them to transfer to a public university to complete a four-year education. In fact, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, there are more than 110 community colleges in the state, serving 2.1 million students.

All data comes from the National comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/, 2013-2014).

Return to all Top College Lists

Institution City State Tuition & Fees Total Enrollment
Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA $762 20871
San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA $1,104 17629
Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA $1,104 13949
Sacramento City College Sacramento CA $1,104 23509
American River College Sacramento CA $1,104 29701
Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA $1,104 14262
Victor Valley College Victorville CA $1,114 11504
Cypress College Cypress CA $1,136 15881
Fullerton College Fullerton CA $1,138 24301
Chabot College Hayward CA $1,138 13142
Santa Monica College Santa Monica CA $1,140 29999
Santiago Canyon College Orange CA $1,142 10939
San Diego City College San Diego CA $1,142 16310
San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA $1,142 24251
Fresno City College Fresno CA $1,142 21344
Reedley College Reedley CA $1,142 13807
Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA $1,142 28598
El Camino College Torrance CA $1,142 23996
Laney College Oakland CA $1,144 11362
Miracosta College Oceanside CA $1,148 14537
Modesto Junior College Modesto CA $1,150 17084
Sierra College Rocklin CA $1,150 18374
Pasadena City College Pasadena CA $1,152 25268
Chaffey College Rancho Cucamonga CA $1,153 19211
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita CA $1,154 18508
Ohlone College Fremont CA $1,162 10310
Citrus College Glendora CA $1,174 12920
Golden West College Huntington Beach CA $1,176 12717
Rio Hondo College Whittier CA $1,178 16548
Long Beach City College Long Beach CA $1,182 24020
Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA $1,184 21886
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills CA $1,221 20080
Los Angeles Trade Technical College Los Angeles CA $1,221 13879
Los Angeles Valley College Valley Glen CA $1,221 18762
Los Angeles City College Los Angeles CA $1,221 19635
San Bernardino Valley College San Bernardino CA $1,238 12329
City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA $1,274 26706
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA $1,280 22094
Diablo Valley College Pleasant Hill CA $1,298 20286
Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA $1,324 17770
Palomar College San Marcos CA $1,328 24665
Southwestern College Chula Vista CA $1,334 19591
Mt San Antonio College Walnut CA $1,346 24841
Cerritos College Norwalk CA $1,346 21404
Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA $1,346 10885
College of the Sequoias Visalia CA $1,362 10720
Mt San Jacinto College San Jacinto CA $1,386 14170
Grossmont College El Cajon CA $1,387 18618
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA $1,418 9337
Glendale Community College Glendale CA $1,974 20872

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