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California College System

The California College System

 

System

California Community Colleges (CCC)

California State University (CSU)

University of California (UC)

Independent College and Universities

Number of Campuses

113

23

10

80

College Entrance Test

None Required

ACT or SAT for students below a 3.0 unweighted GPA

ACT with Writing or SAT with Writing

ACT or SAT (check with the college)

Degrees Offered

Associates Degrees and Vocational Certificates (some CCCs offer dual BA programs)

Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees

Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and Professional Degrees

Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and Professional Degrees

In-State Student Fees/Tuition*

$46 Per Unit

Average $5,472

Average $13,300

Average $35,500

 

Financial Aid:  Financial Aid is available to qualifying students.  Aid comes from individual colleges and universities, the state and federal government, businesses and other organizations.  It is up to the individual student to apply for financial aid and scholarships.  Students should start by applying to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://fafsa.ed.gov.

 

*Costs based upon information available 12/2016

 

California Community Colleges (CCC)

  • Admit all students who are 18 years old or a high school graduate
  • Enroll high school students under special arrangement to earn college or high school credits
  • Prepare students to transfer to any college or university for a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have low fees and offer financial aid
  • Offer a wide variety of opportunities to enhance your future and enrich your life
  • 15 community colleges offer Bachelor’s Degrees in vocational fields
  • Additional Information can be found at californiacolleges.edu and www.icanaffordcollege.com.

California State Unversity (CSU)

  • Each campus has its own personality, academic focus, and strengths
  • Each campus has its own geographic features and traditions
  • CSU offers quality education in the liberal arts and sciences and specialized training for a variety of career fields
  • On-campus housing is available on most campuses
  • Additional Information can be found at californiacolleges.edu

 

University of California (UC)

  • Each campus has its own personality, academic focus, and strengths
  • Offers various advanced degrees, including medicine and law
  • Has many nationally ranked academic and athletic programs
  • On-campus housing is available on all campuses
  • Additional Information can be found at californiacolleges.edu and www.start.universityofcalifornia.edu

 

Independent California Colleges and Universities

  • 80 not-for-profit, fully accredited private colleges that offer over 350 different degrees
  • Average financial aid package is almost $30,000 and 79% of all students receive institutional grant aid
  • Each school is different which offers students the opportunity to choose the type of educational environment that best suits their needs
  • Additional information can be found at aiccu.edu/planning-ahead and www.californiacollege.edu