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Lowest In-State Tuition: Medium Colleges and Universities

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, 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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InstitutionCityStateTuition & FeesEnrollment
Folsom Lake CollegeFolsomCA$1,1048034
Barstow Community CollegeBarstowCA$1,1043211
Lassen Community CollegeSusanvilleCA$1,1272494
Crafton Hills CollegeYucaipaCA$1,1345697
Coastline Community CollegeFountain ValleyCA$1,13610378
San Juan CollegeFarmingtonNM$1,1388938
Merced CollegeMercedCA$1,13810205
Las Positas CollegeLivermoreCA$1,1388631
College of the RedwoodsEurekaCA$1,1404938
Napa Valley CollegeNapaCA$1,1426308
Compton Community CollegeComptonCA$1,1427693
Berkeley City CollegeBerkeleyCA$1,1446471
College of AlamedaAlamedaCA$1,1445799
Merritt CollegeOaklandCA$1,1445887
Yuba CollegeMarysvilleCA$1,1446874
College of the SiskiyousWeedCA$1,1462533
Columbia CollegeSonoraCA$1,1502626
Monterey Peninsula CollegeMontereyCA$1,1709519
Mission CollegeSanta ClaraCA$1,1748441
West Valley CollegeSaratogaCA$1,1789636
Shasta CollegeReddingCA$1,1838479
Luna Community CollegeLas VegasNM$1,1981657
Lake Tahoe Community CollegeSouth Lake TahoeCA$1,2212426
Los Angeles Harbor CollegeWilmingtonCA$1,22110098
Los Angeles Southwest CollegeLos AngelesCA$1,2217864
Los Angeles Mission CollegeSylmarCA$1,2218990
West Los Angeles CollegeCulver CityCA$1,22110767
Gavilan CollegeGilroyCA$1,2465834
Clovis Community CollegeClovisNM$1,2483596
Palo Verde CollegeBlytheCA$1,2883253
Cerro Coso Community CollegeRidgecrestCA$1,2904523
Contra Costa CollegeSan PabloCA$1,2986865
Los Medanos CollegePittsburgCA$1,2988525
College of the DesertPalm DesertCA$1,3169259
Porterville CollegePortervilleCA$1,3223810
San Jose City CollegeSan JoseCA$1,3249446
 Imperial Valley CollegeImperialCA$1,3269130
Evergreen Valley CollegeSan JoseCA$1,3269211
Hartnell CollegeSalinasCA$1,3409439
Canada CollegeRedwood CityCA$1,3446620
West Hills Community CollegeCoalingaCA$1,3803055
Taft CollegeTaftCA$1,3805444
Cuyamaca CollegeEl CajonCA$1,3868859
Oxnard CollegeOxnardCA$1,3886939
College of MarinKentfieldCA$1,4206077
Mendocino CollegeUkiahCA$1,4233729
Skyline CollegeSan BrunoCA$1,44710067
Northland Pioneer CollegeHolbrookAZ$1,6063233
Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell CampusRoswellNM$1,6643883
New Mexico Junior CollegeHobbsNM$1,7042320
University of New Mexico - Gallup CampusGallupNM$1,7042675
Cochise CollegeDouglasAZ$1,7524453
Eastern Arizona CollegeThatcherAZ$1,7606602
Vance - Granville Community CollegeHendersonNC$1,8264008
Rockingham Community CollegeWentworthNC$1,8321854
Durham Technical Community CollegeDurhamNC$1,8405605
Davidson County Community CollegeThomasvilleNC$1,8664073
Yavapai CollegePrescottAZ$1,8728197
New Mexico State University - Dona AnaLas CrucesNM$1,8728837
Pitt Community CollegeWintervilleNC$1,9798902
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAshevilleNC$2,0038092
College of the AlbemarleElizabeth CityNC$2,0372607
Alamance Community CollegeGrahamNC$2,1754161
Central Carolina Community CollegeSanfordNC$2,2164728
Itawamba Community CollegeFultonMS$2,2205693
Coastal Carolina Community CollegeJacksonvilleNC$2,2584433
Galveston CollegeGalvestonTX$2,2602131
Edgecombe Community CollegeTarboroNC$2,2802808
Central Arizona CollegeCoolidgeAZ$2,3106445
Western Piedmont Community CollegeMorgantonNC$2,3262352
Isothermal Community CollegeSpindaleNC$2,3422390
Caldwell Community College and Technical InstituteHudsonNC$2,3643933
Robeson Community CollegeLumbertonNC$2,3682260
Blue Ridge Community CollegeFlat RockNC$2,3732324
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayettevilleNC$2,37812398
Wayne Community CollegeGoldsboroNC$2,3803837
Sandhills Community CollegePinehurstNC$2,3854158
Johnston Community CollegeSmithfieldNC$2,3854235
Mitchell Community CollegeStatesvilleNC$2,3913514
Haywood Community CollegeClydeNC$2,3942290
Surry Community CollegeDobsonNC$2,4013454
Lenoir Community CollegeKinstonNC$2,4072813
Nash Community CollegeRocky MountNC$2,4083279
Piedmont Community CollegeRoxboroNC$2,4111591
Wilkes Community CollegeWilkesboroNC$2,4182753
Arizona Western CollegeYumaAZ$2,4208000
Rowan - Cabarrus Community CollegeSalisburyNC$2,4206731
Cape Fear Community CollegeWilmingtonNC$2,4259246
Catawba Valley Community CollegeHickoryNC$2,4854561
Gaston CollegeDallasNC$2,5605977
Honolulu Community CollegeHonoluluHI$2,5744368
Leeward Community CollegePearl CityHI$2,5997976
Kapiolani Community CollegeHonoluluHI$2,6048376
Maui Community CollegeKahuluiHI$2,6704076
Hawaii Community CollegeHiloHI$2,6783406
Western Nevada Community CollegeCarson CityNV$2,7003975
Hill CollegeHillsboroTX$2,7604495

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