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Top 10 Cheapest Online Colleges in California

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For those who can’t make it to classes on campus, there are some great and cheap online colleges within California, both public and private non-profit schools, that offer affordable tuition. Whether you can’t find your degree program at an in-state school, or you have a time-consuming job or busy personal life, online college could be the answer. Most online degree programs not only allow you to work from the comfort of your home, but they also allow you to complete your work when it is most convenient for you–not according to any strict schedules. These are the top ten most affordable schools offering online programs in California, ranked by the tuition cost.

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The following list was compiled using information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database, as well as the individual schools’ websites. The order of this list is based on each school’s tuition rate, ranking the highest rate No. 10 and so on.

10. National University

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San Diego, Calif.

National University is a fully-featured online university based in San Diego. The school offers as many or more bachelor’s degrees as any typical brick and mortar institution. The affordable tuition isn’t based on residency, and NU has campuses in 45 locations across California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Georgia and Virginia. So, even if you have to move, chances are you aren’t too far from one of their physical locations, should you need to go in. The open admission policy means that anybody with the will to learn is welcome.

Tuition: $12,384
Acceptance Rate: Open Admission

9. Brandman University

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Irvine, Calif.

Brandman University is consistently ranked among the best programs for veterans by U.S. News & World Report(http://www.usnews.com/). The school is designed from the ground up to cater to working professionals and non-traditional students, but the school isn’t exclusive to those students. Brandman offers multiple programs in business, education and nursing.

Tuition: $12,200
Acceptance Rate: 100%

8. California State University–Chico

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Chico, Calif.

CSU Chico offers four undergraduate programs online, which include a BA in social science (with either a multidisciplinary focus or a specialized focus), BA in liberal studies or a BA in sociology. The staff at CSU Chico is available to help you with finding the best program, setting a pace of learning, choosing a concentration and providing other career advice.

Tuition: $7,002
Acceptance Rate: 72%

7. California State University–East Bay

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Hayward, Calif.

CSU East Bay offers both online and hybrid programs. The hybrid programs are great for students who want the convenience of online learning for most of their classes, but still want the option to take certain classes on campus. CSU East Bay offers five undergraduate programs, among them are degrees in human development, business administration and recreation.

Tuition: $6,564
Acceptance Rate: 69%

6. California State University–Northridge

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Northridge, Calif.

While there are only two truly online undergraduate programs at CSU Northridge, there are some other interesting options. The school offers a ten-course cohort-based professional skill development program in film and television post production technology. In addition to the bachelor’s completion program in liberal studies, the school also offers an undergraduate program in public sector management.

Tuition: $6,549
Acceptance Rate: 46%

5. California State University–Channel Islands

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Camarillo, Calif.

CSUCI offers just one online program right now–a BS in business, which is one of the most popular degree programs today. This program is designed for working adults looking to complete their degree. One great strategy is to finish your associate’s in business, and then start working in an entry level position while completing your bachelor’s online. This can help jumpstart your career. Why wait?

Tuition: $6,521
Acceptance Rate: 64%

4. California State University–Fullerton

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Fullerton, Calif.

While Fullerton offers a wide range of online graduate programs, there are only two bachelor’s programs offered completely online. However, the undergraduate programs offered by Fullerton are two extremely useful degrees–business administration and sociology. Both of these lay solid groundwork for students looking to earn graduate degrees, and they can also be useful to students looking to jump straight into the workforce. Both programs cover their topics in a pretty general sense, which can help students find work upon graduation.

Tuition: $6,315
Acceptance Rate: 46%

3. California State University–Dominguez Hills

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Carson, Calif.

CSU Dominguez Hills offers programs in applied studies, nursing and quality assurance. The nursing program is for students who have completed their associate’s level study in nursing and have become a registered nurse. The quality assurance program is designed to teach students the fundamental principles of that field, which can be applied to a wide range of products and services.

Tuition: $6,139
Acceptance Rate: 57%

2. California State University–Monterey Bay

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Seaside, Calif.

While CSU Monterey Bay only offers one fully-online degree completion program, it’s one of the best and most unique programs of its kind. This completion program in computer science information technology will set students up to find work in a wide range of contexts in both the computer science and information technology fields.

Tuition: $5,963
Acceptance Rate: 44%

1. Coastline Community College

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Fountain Valley, Calif.

If you don’t live near a community college, or your schedule doesn’t permit you to attend class regularly, never fear, Coastline Community College offers cheap associate’s degree programs online. Now you can get those first sixty credits out of the way in the most convenient and affordable way possible. Most community colleges have very sparse online offerings, so Coastline tops this list because of the various and cheap online degree programs offered for associate’s degrees. Areas of emphasis for the associate of arts programs include science and math, communications, and social and behavioral sciences. Coastline also offers 13 distinct online associate of arts majors.

Tuition: $1,136
Acceptance Rate: Open Admission

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Further Reading: Top 10 Cheap Online Bachelor’s Degrees

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