Online Counseling Degrees That are Inexpensive

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A yearly average tuition of $11,625 is charged by schools with online counseling programs around the country. There has been a 13.7% increase in the average tuition in recent years. In 2007, the average tuition at these online colleges and universities was $10,224 annually.

The following graph shows the range of tuition at online counseling colleges from least to most affordable:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 17
Low cost 17
Average cost 17
Most expensive 17

The most expensive colleges that offer online counseling programs require students to pay a yearly tuition of over $17,820. But, annual tuition at the cheapest schools is in the range of $1,704 to $5,406. The accredited online counseling schools that are the least expensive are located in Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia.

  • Master of Science in Counseling – Marital and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Forensic and Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science in Counseling – Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy
  • Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion in Biblical Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Bible – Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling – Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

In 2011, of all counseling graduates from online colleges and universities in the nation, an estimated 26% earned credentials from these cheap programs. Therefore, of the 693,120 graduates in the nation, 183,188 are from the most inexpensive colleges and universities. From 2006 to 2011, the number of counseling graduates from the least costly online colleges has increased by 16,193 graduates per annum. However, the percentage of graduates from these colleges has decreased.

Other somewhat more expensive online counseling colleges charge students tuition ranging from $5,436 to $9,360 yearly. An estimated 17 of the 68 online schools that offer counseling programs in the US charge tuition in this range.

In 2011, 298,277 students received their credentials from these reasonably priced online programs. This represents 43% of the country’s counseling graduates. In 2006, which was only 5 years earlier, the number of graduates from these colleges was only 206,101 students. Therefore, from these reasonably priced online colleges and universities, the number of students graduating has increased by 45%.

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1. Rio Salado College Tempe, Arizona $1,704 $7,488
2. University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,758
3. Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, Louisiana $3,002 $10,744
4. University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina $3,044 $14,091
5. University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
6. Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia $3,763 $14,155
7. Montana State University Billings, Montana $3,988 $9,888
8. Utah State University Logan, Utah $4,047 $13,031
9. Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, Georgia $4,274 $15,888
10. World Mission University Los Angeles, California $4,320 $4,320
11. University of Texas Tyler, Texas $4,920 $14,220
12. University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York $4,970 $13,380
13. Luther Rice University Lithonia, Georgia $5,016 $5,016
14. University of Tennessee Martin, Tennessee $5,132 $17,542
15. University of Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas $5,228 $14,175
16. University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas $5,235 $10,470
17. West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia $5,406 $17,002
18. University of Mississippi University, Mississippi $5,436 $13,890
19. University of West Alabama Livingston, Alabama $5,464 $10,928
20. California University of Pennsylvania California, Pennsylvania $5,804 $9,288

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