2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Counseling Degrees

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The 19 schools in this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online bachelor's degree in counseling. All of these colleges cost under $25,000 per year, making them low-cost choices. Fort Hays State University, ranked at #1, offers both a BA and a BS in Sociology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling for only $6,560 per year. Available classes include Addictions Counseling with Families, Ethics in Addictions Counseling, and Group Counseling with Addiction Populations. Union College - KY, ranked #2, offers an annual tuition rate of $6,750 for its Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 rankings of the most affordable online master's in counseling programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,560
#2 #2 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,750
#3 #3 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,730
#4 #4 Toccoa Falls College Annual Tuition $10,656
#5 #5 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $11,250
#6 #6 Washington State University Annual Tuition $11,329
#7 #7 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $11,625
#8 #8 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#9 #9 University of Valley Forge Annual Tuition $11,970
#10 #10 Bay Path University Annual Tuition $12,000
#11 #11 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150
#12 #12 Ohio Christian University Annual Tuition $12,480
#13 #13 Corban University Annual Tuition $12,600
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Crown College Annual Tuition $13,500
#14 (tie) #14 (tie) Hope International University Annual Tuition $13,500
#16 #16 Colorado Christian University Annual Tuition $14,070
#17 #17 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Annual Tuition $18,400
#18 #18 Drexel University Annual Tuition $22,545
#19 #19 University of Providence Annual Tuition $24,420
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 91%
  • Example Classes:
    Addictions Counseling with Families; Advanced Learning and Motivation; Appraisal of Children; Behavior Therapy; Client Management Procedures; Ethics in Addictions Counseling; Group Counseling with Addiction Populations; Methods in School Psychology; Observation in School Psychology; Pharmacology & High Risk Medical Issues
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience; Deviance And Criminology; Drugs And Society; Forensic Psychology; Juvenile Delinquency; Lifespan Development
  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction and the Family; Adolescence, Substance Abuse & Criminality; Chemical Dependency Counseling; Models of Addiction; Substance Abuse Counseling for Special Populations; Trauma and Addiction
  • Annual Tuition: $10,656
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    Child & Adolescent Therapy; Counseling Skills; Crisis & Trauma Therapy; Group Counseling; Premarital & Marital Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Addiction Programs and Professional Development; Appraisal of Individuals and Families; Counseling Addicted and Dysfunctional Family Systems; Issues in Addiction Recovery; Minority Group Relations; Multicultural Counseling; Physiological Psychology; Psychology of Abnormal Behavior; Psychopharmacology; Theories of Personality

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,329
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior Disorders of Children and Adolescents; Clinical/Community Psychology; Experimental Methods in Psychology; Principles of Developmental Psychology; Psychology of Aging; Psychology of Gender
  • Annual Tuition: $11,625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning; Counseling Theories; Group Counseling and Dynamics; Group Counseling in Addiction; Human Growth and Development; Multi-Cultural Competencies in Addiction Counseling; Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling; Professional Responsibility: Legal and Ethical Issues of Addiction Counseling; Psychopathological and Co-Occurring Disorders; Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • Example Classes:
    Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma; Assessment Techniques in Counseling; Biological Aspects of Addiction and Recovery; Career Counseling; Instruction in Counselor Education; Issues in Integration; Multicultural Counseling & Research Issues; Physiological Psychology; Psychological Measurement; Psychology & Christianity
  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Educational Psychology; Grief, Death and Dying; Lifespan Human Development; Marriage/Family Therapy; Pastoral Counseling; Psychometrics; Spirituality and Social Work; Studies in Race and Ethnicity; Theories of Personality

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Cognitive Psychology & Neurosciene; Counseling Diverse Populations; Counseling Ethics & Profess Develop; Interviewing & Counseling; Psychological Stastics; Women as Empowered Leaders and Learners
  • Annual Tuition: $12,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Topics in Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse; Child Psychology; Interpersonal Relationships; Marriage and Family; Substance Use; Understanding Trauma and Addiction
  • Annual Tuition: $12,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Diagnostic Evaluation and Personal Assessment; Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling; Ethical and Legal Issues in Pastoral Counseling; Family Dynamics in Substance Abuse; Individual Chemical Dependency Counseling; Methods of Pastoral Counseling; Pastoral Intervention in Crisis; Prevention Strategies; Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Recovery; Spiritual Issues in Pastoral Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 35%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Skills; Human Sexuality; Lifespan Development; Marital/Premarital Counseling; Personality Theories; Social Science Research Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment, Testing and Measurement in Counseling; Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development; Diagnosis and Treatment Planning; Group Process and Treatment; Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling; Marriage and Family Therapy; Multicultural Counseling; Orientation to Counseling & Integration of Christian Worldview; Psychopathology; Theories of Personality
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 32%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Career Counseling; Christian Perspectives in Human Development; Community Mental Health; Counseling Skills; Counseling Theories
  • Annual Tuition: $14,070
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Services and Methods; Crisis and Trauma; Lifestyle and Career; Social and Cultural Foundations; Spiritual Formation for Counseling; Theories of Personality and Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $18,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 23%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Intervention and Management; Cultural Issues in the Helping Professions; Human Sexuality; Methods and Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling; Psychology of Religion; Psychology of Selfhood and the Christian Faith
  • Annual Tuition: $22,545
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment and Treatment Planning; Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling; Ethics and Professional Responsibility; Genetics and Mental Health; Multicultural Counseling; Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices
  • Annual Tuition: $24,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Co-occurring Disorders in Addictions Counseling; Gambling; Group Theories and Process; Helping Skills; Personality Theory; Psychology, Sociology and Pharmacology of Drug Use
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