Save money on your college career by choosing one of the cheapest colleges in California! The following are some of them:
- California State University–East Bay
This is the East Bay’s main high-access, four-year university. It has a high acceptance rate compared to many of the other public universities, and students with a reasonable community college record will be able to get in without a problem. The school is located in Hayward, just under 20 miles from Oakland. The school has forty undergraduate majors and nearly as many minors, providing students with plenty of options.
Tuition: $6,550 Room and Board: $11,742
- California State University–San Bernardino
San Bernardino is a mid-sized city just a bit east of Los Angeles. CSU San Bernardino is one of the cheapest colleges when accounting for room, board and tuition as a package. It is also one of a few universities with a room and board cost of under $10,000. The school has a very large list of undergraduate majors, as well as a great honors program designed to provide excellent students with classes that add additional perspective and provide enrichment opportunities.
Tuition: $6,550 Room and Board: $9,966
- California State University–Channel Islands
At CSUCI students can expect to find an incredibly diverse array of programs, from Chicana/o studies and various of art programs, to applied physics and economics. The school is smaller than many other state universities, and room and board costs a little extra, but it’s still a great deal. CSUCI is located just north of Point Mugu State Park.
Tuition: $6,471 Room and Board: $14,020
4. San Francisco State University (SFSU)
San Francisco, alone, is an iconic city, famous for its artistic culture, world renowned architecture and one of the United States’s greatest landmarks–the Golden Gate Bridge. SFSU is a massive school that offers an incredible range of programs, most with a variety of possible minors and concentrations. It’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, which means college may be the perfect time for that experience. Room and board at SFSU costs far less than renting in the city, which can be an issue because of how difficult it is to find anywhere vacant to live in San Francisco.
Tuition: $6,450 Room and Board: $12,756
- California State University -Fresno
Fresno State is home to many research centers and a great place for students looking to conduct research, even as an undergraduate. Centers and institutes that you can find at CSU Fresno include the California Agricultural Technology Institute, California Water Institute, Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute, Institute for Public Anthropology and many more.
Tuition: $6,287 Room and Board: $10,440
- California State University–Monterey Bay
CSU Monterey Bay offers over 60 undergraduate degrees, including an online degree completion program in Computer Science Information Technology, which is a potent blend of programming and problem solving germane to the information technology (IT) field. CSU Monterey Bay is located in beautiful coastal california just across the street from the bay for which it is named.
Tuition: $5,963 Room and Board: $9,748
- San Diego State University- Imperial Valley
Imperial Valley is one of San Diego State University’s satellite campuses, as well as one of the cheapest colleges in California. SDSU, Imperial Valley is about two hours east of the city, and it is in a unique position as it is situated right next to the Mexican border. Indeed the city on the U.S. side is called Calexico, and on the Mexican side it’s called Mexicali. This provides students with a unique opportunity to take advantage of the location and gain experience working with a diverse population.
Tuition: $5,706 Room and Board: $11,076