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Lowest In-State Tuition: Medium Colleges and Universities

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

About the study

Provided below is a list of the least expensive medium-sized colleges offering educational opportunities across the U.S. This list is based upon tuition and fees for in-state students only as these costs are usually higher for out-of-state students. Medium-sized schools are defined as having between 2,000 to 10,000 students in terms of enrollment, but a few schools on this list have had enrollment increases that are slightly above this maximum number.

Many of the schools toward the top of the list are from California, but certainly students living in other states may be able to find inexpensive tuition and fees at an area school or community college within the state. Colleges from New Mexico, Arizona, North Carolina and other states also populate this list, and any of these schools could act as a gateway to continuing to a four-year education. Data for this list was obtained through the National Center for Education Statistics and based upon 2013-14 tuition and fees.

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Institution City State Tuition & Fees Enrollment
Folsom Lake College Folsom CA $1,104 8034
Barstow Community College Barstow CA $1,104 3211
Lassen Community College Susanville CA $1,127 2494
Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA $1,134 5697
Coastline Community College Fountain Valley CA $1,136 10378
San Juan College Farmington NM $1,138 8938
Merced College Merced CA $1,138 10205
Las Positas College Livermore CA $1,138 8631
College of the Redwoods Eureka CA $1,140 4938
Napa Valley College Napa CA $1,142 6308
Compton Community College Compton CA $1,142 7693
Berkeley City College Berkeley CA $1,144 6471
College of Alameda Alameda CA $1,144 5799
Merritt College Oakland CA $1,144 5887
Yuba College Marysville CA $1,144 6874
College of the Siskiyous Weed CA $1,146 2533
Columbia College Sonora CA $1,150 2626
Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA $1,170 9519
Mission College Santa Clara CA $1,174 8441
West Valley College Saratoga CA $1,178 9636
Shasta College Redding CA $1,183 8479
Luna Community College Las Vegas NM $1,198 1657
Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe CA $1,221 2426
Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington CA $1,221 10098
Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles CA $1,221 7864
Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar CA $1,221 8990
West Los Angeles College Culver City CA $1,221 10767
Gavilan College Gilroy CA $1,246 5834
Clovis Community College Clovis NM $1,248 3596
Palo Verde College Blythe CA $1,288 3253
Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest CA $1,290 4523
Contra Costa College San Pablo CA $1,298 6865
Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA $1,298 8525
College of the Desert Palm Desert CA $1,316 9259
Porterville College Porterville CA $1,322 3810
San Jose City College San Jose CA $1,324 9446
 Imperial Valley College Imperial CA $1,326 9130
Evergreen Valley College San Jose CA $1,326 9211
Hartnell College Salinas CA $1,340 9439
Canada College Redwood City CA $1,344 6620
West Hills Community College Coalinga CA $1,380 3055
Taft College Taft CA $1,380 5444
Cuyamaca College El Cajon CA $1,386 8859
Oxnard College Oxnard CA $1,388 6939
College of Marin Kentfield CA $1,420 6077
Mendocino College Ukiah CA $1,423 3729
Skyline College San Bruno CA $1,447 10067
Northland Pioneer College Holbrook AZ $1,606 3233
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell Campus Roswell NM $1,664 3883
New Mexico Junior College Hobbs NM $1,704 2320
University of New Mexico - Gallup Campus Gallup NM $1,704 2675
Cochise College Douglas AZ $1,752 4453
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher AZ $1,760 6602
Vance - Granville Community College Henderson NC $1,826 4008
Rockingham Community College Wentworth NC $1,832 1854
Durham Technical Community College Durham NC $1,840 5605
Davidson County Community College Thomasville NC $1,866 4073
Yavapai College Prescott AZ $1,872 8197
New Mexico State University - Dona Ana Las Cruces NM $1,872 8837
Pitt Community College Winterville NC $1,979 8902
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville NC $2,003 8092
College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City NC $2,037 2607
Alamance Community College Graham NC $2,175 4161
Central Carolina Community College Sanford NC $2,216 4728
Itawamba Community College Fulton MS $2,220 5693
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville NC $2,258 4433
Galveston College Galveston TX $2,260 2131
Edgecombe Community College Tarboro NC $2,280 2808
Central Arizona College Coolidge AZ $2,310 6445
Western Piedmont Community College Morganton NC $2,326 2352
Isothermal Community College Spindale NC $2,342 2390
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson NC $2,364 3933
Robeson Community College Lumberton NC $2,368 2260
Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock NC $2,373 2324
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville NC $2,378 12398
Wayne Community College Goldsboro NC $2,380 3837
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst NC $2,385 4158
Johnston Community College Smithfield NC $2,385 4235
Mitchell Community College Statesville NC $2,391 3514
Haywood Community College Clyde NC $2,394 2290
Surry Community College Dobson NC $2,401 3454
Lenoir Community College Kinston NC $2,407 2813
Nash Community College Rocky Mount NC $2,408 3279
Piedmont Community College Roxboro NC $2,411 1591
Wilkes Community College Wilkesboro NC $2,418 2753
Arizona Western College Yuma AZ $2,420 8000
Rowan - Cabarrus Community College Salisbury NC $2,420 6731
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington NC $2,425 9246
Catawba Valley Community College Hickory NC $2,485 4561
Gaston College Dallas NC $2,560 5977
Honolulu Community College Honolulu HI $2,574 4368
Leeward Community College Pearl City HI $2,599 7976
Kapiolani Community College Honolulu HI $2,604 8376
Maui Community College Kahului HI $2,670 4076
Hawaii Community College Hilo HI $2,678 3406
Western Nevada Community College Carson City NV $2,700 3975
Hill College Hillsboro TX $2,760 4495

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