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Tuition Comparison Between Best Colleges in California

Total CostsUndergraduateGraduateLiving Costs

Cost of Attendance (COA)

The following table compares the 2021 costs of attendance between best schools in California. For state residents, the average COA is $35,067 when living on campus and $34,459 when living off campus. For out-of-state students, the average COA is $73,430 when living on campus and $72,821 when living off campus. The COA includes tuition, fees, books & supplies, room & board costs, and other living expenses.
2021 Cost Of Attendance Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameTuition & FeesBooks & SuppliesLiving Costs
In-StateOut-of-StateOn-CampusOff-Campus
1Stanford University$56,169 $1,290 $20,759 -
2California Institute of Technology$56,862 $1,428 $19,428 $21,219
3Pomona College$54,774 $1,000 $19,320 $14,320
4Claremont McKenna College$56,475 $1,200 $18,800 $19,430
5University of California-Los Angeles$13,249$43,003 $1,314 $22,224 $20,525
6University of California-Berkeley$14,312$44,066 $1,091 $26,125 $21,512
7University of Southern California$60,275 $1,200 $18,676 $18,676
8Harvey Mudd College$58,660 $800 $20,079 -
9Soka University of America$33,962 $1,080 $15,966 $21,222
10Scripps College$57,188 $800 $20,286 -
Average$13,781$52,143$1,120$20,166$19,558

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

The following table compares 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition & fees between best schools in California. The average undergraduate tuition & fees is $13,781 for in-state students and $52,143 for out-of-state students. The 2020-2021 undergraduate tuition & fees of best schools in California are increased by 1.38% compared to the previous year.
Among the best schools in California, University of Southern California requires the most expensive tuition & fees of $59,260 and Soka University of America has the lowest tuition & fees of $32,250 for undergraduate programs.
Undergraduate Tuition & Fess Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankName2019-20202020-2021
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Stanford University$53,529$56,169
2California Institute of Technology$54,600$56,862
3Pomona College$54,762$54,774
4Claremont McKenna College$56,475$56,475
5University of California-Los Angeles$13,240$42,994$13,249$43,003
6University of California-Berkeley$14,253$44,007$14,312$44,066
7University of Southern California$58,133$60,275
8Harvey Mudd College$58,660$58,660
9Soka University of America$33,982$33,962
10Scripps College$57,188$57,188
Average$13,747$51,433$13,781$52,143

Graduate Tuition & Fees

The following table compares 2020-2021 graduate tuition & fees between best schools in California. The average graduate tuition & fees is $13,637 for state residents and $45,360 for out-of-state students. The 2020-2021 graduate tuition & fees of best schools in California are increased by 3.67% compared to the previous year.
Among the best schools in California, Claremont McKenna College requires the most expensive graduate tuition & fees of $64,288 and University of California-Los Angeles has the lowest graduate tuition & fees of $26,544.
Graduate Tuition & Fess Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankName2019-20202020-2021
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Stanford University$53,151$55,011
2California Institute of Technology$54,537$56,649
3Pomona CollegeThis school does not have graduate schools programs.
4Claremont McKenna College$62,616$64,288
5University of California-Los Angeles$12,953$28,055$13,029$28,131
6University of California-Berkeley$14,187$29,289$14,245$29,347
7University of Southern California$47,107$48,715
8Harvey Mudd CollegeThis school does not have graduate schools programs.
9Soka University of America$33,982$33,962
10Scripps College$41,286$46,774
Average$13,570$43,753$13,637$45,360

Room & Board, Other Living Expenses

The following table compares living costs including room, board, and other expenses between best schools in California. Each cost is in average and may vary by room types, meal plan, and other living styles. For academic year 2020-2021, the average living costs of best schools in California is $20,166 when a student lives on campus and $19,558 when living off campus.
Living Costs Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameOn-CampusOff-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpensesRoom & BoardOther ExpensesOther Expenses (living with family)
1Stanford University $17,255$3,504 ---
2California Institute of Technology $17,337$2,091 $16,578$4,641-
3Pomona College $17,820$1,500 $12,820$1,500-
4Claremont McKenna College $17,300$1,500 $17,300$2,130-
5University of California-Los Angeles $17,599$4,625 $15,241$5,284-
6University of California-Berkeley $20,530$5,595 $15,638$5,874-
7University of Southern California $16,398$2,278 $16,398$2,278-
8Harvey Mudd College $18,679$1,400 ---
9Soka University of America $13,032$2,934 $16,580$4,642-
10Scripps College $18,286$2,000 ---
Average$17,424 $2,743$15,794 $3,764-
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