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Cost of Attendance (COA)

The following table compares the 2022 costs of attendance between best schools in California. For state residents, the average COA is $35,375 when living on campus and $35,464 when living off campus. For out-of-state students, the average COA is $74,778 when living on campus and $74,867 when living off campus. The COA includes tuition, fees, books & supplies, room & board costs, and other living expenses.
2022 Cost Of Attendance Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankNameTuition & FeesBooks & SuppliesLiving Costs
In-StateOut-of-StateOn-CampusOff-Campus
1Stanford University$56,169 $1,305 $21,424 -
2California Institute of Technology$58,680 $1,428 $19,839 $22,014
3Pomona College$56,686 $1,000 $20,024 $17,187
4Claremont McKenna College$58,111 $1,200 $19,406 $20,036
5University of California-Los Angeles$13,258$43,012 $1,405 $21,634 $21,510
6University of California-Berkeley$14,226$43,980 $1,118 $26,129 $22,576
7University of Southern California$61,503 $1,200 $18,956 $18,956
8Harvey Mudd College$60,703 $800 $20,733 -
9Soka University of America$34,166 $1,124 $15,806 $21,808
10Scripps College$58,442 $800 $20,998 -
Average$13,742$53,145$1,138$20,495$20,584

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

The following table compares 2021-2022 undergraduate tuition & fees between best schools in California. The average undergraduate tuition & fees is $13,742 for in-state students and $53,145 for out-of-state students. The 2021-2022 undergraduate tuition & fees of best schools in California are increased by 1.92% compared to the previous year.
Among the best schools in California, University of Southern California requires the most expensive tuition & fees of $61,503 and Soka University of America has the lowest tuition & fees of $34,166 for undergraduate programs.
Undergraduate Tuition & Fess Comparison Between Best Schools In California
RankName2020-20212021-2022
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Stanford University$56,169$56,169
2California Institute of Technology$56,862$58,680
3Pomona College$54,774$56,686
4Claremont McKenna College$56,475$58,111
5University of California-Los Angeles$13,249$43,003$13,258$43,012
6University of California-Berkeley$14,312$44,066$14,226$43,980
7University of Southern California$60,275$61,503
8Harvey Mudd College$58,660$60,703
9Soka University of America$33,962$34,166
10Scripps College$57,188$58,442
Average$13,781$52,143$13,742$53,145

Graduate Tuition & Fees

The following table compares 2021-2022 graduate tuition & fees between best schools in California. The average graduate tuition & fees is $13,598 for state residents and $47,185 for out-of-state students. The 2021-2022 graduate tuition & fees of best schools in California are increased by 4.02% 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
RankName2020-20212021-2022
In-StateOut-of-StateIn-StateOut-of-State
1Stanford University$55,011$55,011
2California Institute of Technology$56,649$58,443
3Pomona CollegeThis school does not have graduate schools programs.
4Claremont McKenna College$64,288$64,288
5University of California-Los Angeles$13,029$28,131$13,036$28,138
6University of California-Berkeley$14,245$29,347$14,160$29,262
7University of Southern California$48,715$61,396
8Harvey Mudd CollegeThis school does not have graduate schools programs.
9Soka University of America$33,962$34,166
10Scripps College$46,774$46,774
Average$13,637$45,360$13,598$47,185

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 2021-2022, the average living costs of best schools in California is $20,495 when a student lives on campus and $20,584 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 $17,860$3,564 ---
2California Institute of Technology $17,748$2,091 $17,253$4,761-
3Pomona College $18,524$1,500 $15,687$1,500-
4Claremont McKenna College $17,906$1,500 $17,906$2,130-
5University of California-Los Angeles $16,763$4,871 $15,950$5,560-
6University of California-Berkeley $20,236$5,893 $16,377$6,199-
7University of Southern California $16,732$2,224 $16,732$2,224-
8Harvey Mudd College $19,333$1,400 ---
9Soka University of America $13,032$2,774 $17,252$4,556-
10Scripps College $18,998$2,000 ---
Average$17,713 $2,782$16,737 $3,847-
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