2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Substance Abuse Counseling Degrees

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These 24 schools offer the most affordable online substance abuse counseling degrees. From bachelor's degrees to doctoral degrees, these substance abuse counseling programs all have annual tuitions of under $14,000. Our most affordable school, Aspen University, offers programs at the bachelor's and master's level at a starting tuition of only $4,500 per year. Fort Valley State University, our second most affordable school, offers an online master's degree with a tuition of $5,694 per year. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online substance abuse counseling degrees at the bachelor's level or higher.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Substance Counseling Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#2 #2 Fort Valley State University Annual Tuition $5,694 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 City Vision University Annual Tuition $6,999 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#4 #4 California Southern University Annual Tuition $7,350 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $8,936 Substance Counseling Degrees: Doctoral and Certificate
#6 #6 Wright State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,416 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $9,600 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#7 #7 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $10,000 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#10 #10 Post University Annual Tuition $10,830 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#11 #11 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $10,850 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#12 #12 Washburn University Annual Tuition $10,912 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#13 #13 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Annual Tuition $10,920 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 Emporia State University Annual Tuition $10,975 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $11,408 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#16 #16 Bethel College - IN Annual Tuition $11,700 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#16 #16 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $12,000 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 Capella University Annual Tuition $12,432 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#22 #22 Midway University Annual Tuition $12,450 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#23 #23 Ohio Christian University Annual Tuition $12,600 Substance Counseling Degrees: Bachelor's
#24 #24 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Annual Tuition $13,450 Substance Counseling Degrees: Master's
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Counseling Skills; Crisis Intervention and Prevention; Drug Enforcement; Medical Terminology; Neurobiology of Addiction; Pharmacology
  • Annual Tuition: $5,694
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Career Counseling; Clinical Supervision; Counseling Theories and Processes; Cultural Diversity in Counseling; Fundamentals of Research; Lifespan Development in Rehabilitation; Medical Case Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,999
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Foundations; Counseling in the City; Drugs of Abuse; Mental Illness and Addiction; Recovery Dynamics; Sexual Issues in Addiction

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,350
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Psychology of Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors; Alcohol/Chemical Dependency; Dual Diagnosis; Eating Disorders; Family Systems Theory
  • Annual Tuition: $8,936
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence; Co-Occurring Disorders; Family Systems Approaches to Addiction; Group Therapy; Quantitative Research Design; Statistics
  • Annual Tuition: $9,416
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 96%
  • Example Classes:
    Biopsychosocialspiritual Aspects; Foundations of Rehabilitation; Group Background and Theory; Theory and Epidemiology of Addictions; Treatment and Prevention of Addictions; Vocational Evaluation and Assessment
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction Counseling Skills; Case Management; Co-Occurring Disorders; Developmental Psychology; Ethics for Psychology & Addiction; History of Psychology; Pharmacology of Addiction
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Biopsychology; Cognitive Psychology; Contemporary Health; Contemporary Issues in Addictions; Counseling Process and Techniques; Health Psychology

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction Professional Supervision; Alcohol & Drug Continuum; Alcohol & Drug Group Interactions; Alcohol & Drug Individual Helping Skills Interaction Laboratory; Alcohol and Drug Helping Skills; Ethical & Legal Issues in the Substance Abuse Profession; Native Americans & Substance Abuse
  • Annual Tuition: $10,830
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Biology of Addiction; Group and Family Treatment in Addictions; Human Service Management; Human Services Ethics and Diversity; Human Services Policy; Psychopathology of Addiction; Theories of Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Appraisal, Assessment, and Treatment Planning In Addictions Counseling; Expressive Arts Therapies; Fundamentals of Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation; Multi-Cultural Competencies in Addiction Counseling; Psychological Testing; Theories of Personality and Addiction
  • Annual Tuition: $10,912
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions Treatment; Family Issues; Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues; Methods of Individual Addiction Counseling; Prevention and Social Change; Substance Abuse & Co-occurring Disorders
  • Annual Tuition: $10,920
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions; Case Management; Diversity Along the Lifespan; Employment Development and Career Services; Medical Aspects of Disability; Micro Counseling Skills Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $10,975
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Case Management; Career Counseling and Development; Counseling Theories; Employment Issues in Rehabilitation; Group Processes in Counseling; Medical Aspects of Disability; Psychosocial Development and Disability

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,408
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions Counseling Skills; Addictions Theory; Counseling Addicted and Dysfunctional Family Systems; Minority Group Relations; Physiological Psychology; Principles of Addictions Counseling; Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessments, Treatment Planning and Outcomes; Delivery Systems in Mental Health; Family Development; Interviewing and People Helping Skills; Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Personality; Principles of Addiction
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction & the Recovery Process; Behavior Modification; Biological Aspects of Addiction & Recovery; Clinical Diagnosis & Treatment Planning; Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Addiction; Ethical & Legal Issues in Counseling; Group Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, ACCET, and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Physiological Psychology; Psychological Interviewing and Reporting; Psychological Perspectives on Substance Abuse; Psychology of Personality; Statistical-Experimental

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Etiology & Diagnosis of Abnormal Behavior; Etiology and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders; Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment; Lifestyle and Career Development; Motivation and Change; Psychological Assessment in Clinical Practice; Psychopharmacology & Addictions
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes:
    Criminology; Forensic Psychology; Human Development; Issues in Professional Practice: Psychology; U.S. Politics; Writing and Research in Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,432
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and CACREP
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Inferential Statistics; Foundations and Current Issues in Addiction Treatment; Group Therapy and Treatment of Compulsive and Addictive Behaviors; Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment; Interventions with Substance Abuse and Dependence; Learning Theories in Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    A D C Counseling Techniques; Abnormal Psychology; Case Management; Diagnosis and Assessment; Forensic Psychology; Individual and Group Therapy; Kinesic Interviewing
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Diagnostic Evaluation and Personal Assessment; Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling; Family Dynamics in Substance Abuse; Individual Chemical Dependency Counseling; Prevention Strategies; Psychopharmacology; Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Recovery
  • Annual Tuition: $13,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Example Classes:
    Cultures of Organizations; Drugs and the Brain; Ethics in HHSA; Foundations in Prevention Science; Leadership Issues in Decision Making; Organizational Communications; Prevention Across the Lifespan

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