2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Counseling Degrees

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The 18 colleges listed below offer the most economical online bachelor's degrees in counseling, for an average of $13,024 per year. Leading the list is Fort Hays State University, which offers both a BA and a BS in sociology - addictions counseling for an affordable rate of $6,399 per year. Union College - KY ranks #2, offering a bachelor of science in substance abuse counseling for $6,750.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 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 $6,399
#2 #2 Union College - KY Annual Tuition $6,750
#3 #3 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $9,207
#4 #4 Toccoa Falls College Annual Tuition $10,656
#5 #5 Clarks Summit University Annual Tuition $10,850
#6 #6 Ottawa University Online Annual Tuition $11,160
#7 #7 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $11,250
#8 #8 Washington State University Annual Tuition $11,335
#9 #9 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#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 $12,690
#13 #13 Hope International University Annual Tuition $13,500
#14 #14 Corban University Annual Tuition $13,860
#15 #15 Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies Annual Tuition $17,600
#16 #16 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Annual Tuition $18,400
#17 #17 Drexel University Annual Tuition $22,005
#18 #18 University of Providence Annual Tuition $24,240
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,399
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience; Deviance And Criminology; Drugs And Society; Forensic Psychology; Juvenile Delinquency; Lifespan Development
  • Annual Tuition: $9,207
  • 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: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    Child & Adolescent Therapy; Counseling Skills; Crisis & Trauma Therapy; Group Counseling; Premarital & Marital Counseling
  • Annual Tuition: $10,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Behavior; Biblical Philosophy of Counseling; Career Counseling; Crisis Counseling; Dynamics of Discipleship; Ethnicity and Counseling; Examining Worldviews
  • Annual Tuition: $11,160
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,335
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • 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: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • 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: 98%
  • 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: $12,690
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA 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
  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 34%
  • Example Classes:
    Abnormal Psychology; Career Counseling; Christian Perspectives in Human Development; Community Mental Health; Counseling Skills; Counseling Theories
  • Annual Tuition: $13,860
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 31%
  • Example Classes:
    Counseling Skills; Human Sexuality; Lifespan Development; Marital/Premarital Counseling; Personality Theories; Social Science Research Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $17,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Not Provided
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Assessment & Interventions; Biopsychosocial Factors of Substance Use & Abuse; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Group Counseling; Pharmacology & Addictions; Recovery & Relapse Prevention
  • Annual Tuition: $18,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • 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: $22,005
  • 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: $24,240
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • 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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