2020 Most Affordable Online Substance Abuse Counseling Degrees

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

This list highlights 23 schools, all of which offer affordable online bachelor's in substance abuse counseling degrees. Aspen University, the #1 option, charges only $4,500 per year. Fort Hays State University, ranked #2, has an annual tuition rate of $6,560 for their BS in Sociology with a concentration in Addictions Counseling. Classes for this program include Pharmacology & High Risk Medical Issues and Psychopathology & Addictions.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Aspen University $4,500
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $6,560
# 3 #3 Union College - KY $6,750
# 4 #4 University of Central Arkansas $8,550
# 5 #5 University of Maine at Augusta $9,269
# 6 #6 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
# 7 #7 East Central University $9,672
# 8 #8 University of Cincinnati $10,342
# 9 #9 University of South Dakota $10,537
# 10 #10 SUNY Empire State College $10,943
# 11 #11 Liberty University $11,700
# 12 #12 Indiana Wesleyan University Online $11,760
# 13 #13 Ottawa University Online $11,970
# 14 #14 Bay Path University $12,000
# 15 #15 Eastern Kentucky University $12,270
# 16 #16 Ohio Christian University $12,480
# 17 #17 Bethel University - IN $13,365
# 18 #18 Mercer University $14,250
# 19 #19 Crown College $14,720
# 20 #20 Western New Mexico University $15,231
# 21 #21 University of Holy Cross $16,200
# 22 #22 Purdue University Global $16,695
# 23 #23 Elizabethtown College $17,760
#1
#1

Aspen University

Denver (CO)
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500
Annual Tuition: $4,500

Aspen University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Counseling can be completed in less than three years. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of addiction theory, sociology, and psychology as they prepare to work in the addiction treatment field. However, the program does not fulfill state licensure requirements. Electives are offered to satisfy students’ particular interests.

All courses in this program are conducted online through the Brightspace... learning management system. Coursework is asynchronous, and students can contact their professors or academic counselor at any time for assistance. Students will also receive written feedback from professors on their assignments. Students may opt to make monthly interest-free tuition payments instead of paying the full cost upfront. Transfer credits from previous college courses may be applied to program requirements.

The 40 courses offered for this online substance abuse counseling degree have rolling start dates, allowing maximum flexibility. Prospective students should submit an application, high school transcripts, and official transcripts for all previous college credit. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA to qualify.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,308
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,035
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (303) 333-4224

Example Classes: Crisis Intervention and Prevention, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Addiction Studies
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560
Annual Tuition: $6,560

Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a bachelor’s degree in substance abuse counseling online through the sociology department. Students can choose whether to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Sociology; both offer an Addiction Counseling Track and require a total of 120 credit hours. Twenty-one of the credit hours come from core sociology courses, while the remaining 30 are specific to the focus on addiction counseling. Electives and general education courses are also required... to complete the degree. This program aims to provide a pathway for students who want to become licensed addiction counselors in Kansas.

This online bachelor’s degree is designed to be flexible and affordable, offering the same quality of education as the on-campus version. FHSU offers financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships, and military education benefits. Students may also earn credit for prior learning. Distance learners receive support through a dedicated online sociology resource portal, library services, academic resources, and more. All coursework is delivered through the Blackboard learning platform, and courses may include a combination of presentations, videos, discussion boards, individual and group projects, lab work, and exams.

To be admitted to this program, students must have graduated high school with at least a 2.0 GPA. Students must also have attained a minimum score on the ACT or SAT, unless over 21. Required materials include a completed application, all previous transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. Fort Hays State University’s online program follows a traditional semester-based schedule.

  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Feminist Theory, Grant Writing, Popular Culture, Social Inequality, Sociology Through Cinema, Workshop in Sociology: Pharmacology & High Risk Medical Issues, Workshop in Sociology: Psychopathology & Addictions

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Addictions Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology - Addictions Counseling
#3
#3

Union College - KY

Barbourville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750

The Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling degree available from Union College consists of 120 credit hours conducted entirely online. The program requires 24 hours of core courses, eight hours of electives, and nine hours of supporting electives. A substance abuse internship is included in the core curriculum to give students real-world experience. Graduates may choose to pursue an advanced degree to obtain licensure or seek employment in the substance abuse counseling field. The program... is approved for veterans and active duty military.

Online coursework is delivered through uLearn, powered by the Moodle learning management system. Learning is asynchronous, and coursework may include quizzes, class discussions, and other assignments. Union College offers distance learners 24/7 technical support, academic advising, and career services. Financial aid and payment plans are also available. There is no fee to apply.

This program follows convenient eight-week schedules, with six start dates each year. Students must submit an application to apply for the program, provide copies of official transcripts, and show proof of high school graduation or GED.

  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Average SATs: 936 -1066
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 199
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (606) 546-4151

Example Classes: Deviance and Criminology, Drugs and Society, Principles of Microeconomics

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $8,550
Annual Tuition: $8,550
Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 742
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (501) 450-5000

Example Classes: Drug Education, Etiology and Epidemiology of Addiction, First Aid, Theory and Practice of Prevention

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies - Treatment
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 17%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,103
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (207) 621-3000

Example Classes: Adolescence, Substance Abuse & Criminality, Case Management, Community Mental Health, Family Violence, Offender Rehabilitation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Mental Health and Human Services - Addiction Counseling
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 76,929
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,983
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology, Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Contemporary Health, Contemporary Issues in Addictions, Counseling Process and Techniques, Health Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, The American Legal Tradition

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Human Services - Substance Abuse
  • BA Psychology - Addictions
  • BS Criminal Justice - Substance Abuse
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $9,672
Annual Tuition: $9,672
Annual Tuition: $9,672
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 141
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 405
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (580) 332-8000

Example Classes: Employment and Placement Techniques, Group Processes and Practice, Intervention Techniques, Medical, Social and Psychological Aspects of Disability, Vocational Testing and Evaluation

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Rehabilitation
#8
#8

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati (OH) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $10,342
Annual Tuition: $10,342
Annual Tuition: $10,342
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1370
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,460
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,820
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Advanced Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Counseling, Alcoholism, Co-Occurring Disorders in Treatment, Group Skills in Substance Abuse Counseling, Maintenance Strategies for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery, Substance Abuse Counseling for Families and Other Relationships

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Substance Abuse Counseling
#9
#9

University of South Dakota

Vermillion (SD)
Annual Tuition: $10,537
Annual Tuition: $10,537
Annual Tuition: $10,537
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,887
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,003
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 677-5301

Example Classes: Alcohol & Drug Group Interactions, Alcohol & Drug Individual Helping Skills Interaction Laboratory, Alcohol and Drug Helping Skills, Ethical & Legal Issues in the Substance Abuse Profession, Study of Alcohol Use & Abuse, Study of Drug Use and Abuse, Working with Families on Alcohol/Drug Issues

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies
#10
#10

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs (NY)
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 965
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 587-2100

Example Classes: Addiction and Dependency: Introduction, Adolescence and Addictions, Interventions for Addiction Disorders, Social Science Research Methods

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS Addiction Studies
#11
#11

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 32,610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31,396
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

Example Classes: Behavioral Modification, Psychological Measurement, Psychology & Christianity, Social Psychology

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS: Psychology: Addiction & Recovery
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $11,760
Annual Tuition: $11,760
Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,219
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,418
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (765) 677-2870

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, Psychopharmacology, Theories of Personality

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • B.S. Addictions Counseling
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 164
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 31
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 242-5200

Example Classes: Group Counseling in Addiction, Multi-Cultural Competencies in Addiction Counseling, Psychopathological and Co-Occurring Disorders, Psychopharmacology and Addiction, Theories of Personality and Addiction

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Addiction Counseling
#14
#14

Bay Path University

Longmeadow (MA) (and 1 other)
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 886
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 615
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Example Classes: Critical Reading and Response, Health Psychology, Individual & Family Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders, Literary Genres, Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Foundations of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Human Services & Rehabilitation
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Offender Rehabilitation & Victim Advocacy
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $12,270
Annual Tuition: $12,270
Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,175
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,403
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (859) 622-1000

Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Psychological Interviewing and Reporting, Psychological Perspectives on Substance Abuse, Psychology of Personality, Statistical-Experimental, Tests and Measurements

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Psychology - Substance Abuse
#16
#16

Ohio Christian University

Circleville (OH)
Annual Tuition: $12,480
Annual Tuition: $12,480
Annual Tuition: $12,480
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,687
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 349
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (740) 474-8896

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, Transformed Worldview

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Substance Abuse Counseling
#17
#17

Bethel University - IN

Mishawaka (IN)
Annual Tuition: $13,365
Annual Tuition: $13,365
Annual Tuition: $13,365
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 128
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 105
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (574) 807-7000

Example Classes: Assessments, Treatment Planning and Outcomes, Interviewing and People Helping Skills, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Principles of Addiction, Professional Identity, Function & Ethics, Psychopharmacology, Racial and Cultural Minorities, Theories of Addiction Treatment

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Social Science - Addictions
#18
#18

Mercer University

Macon (GA)
Annual Tuition: $14,250
Annual Tuition: $14,250
Annual Tuition: $14,250
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1180 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 453
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 446
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 301-2700

Example Classes: Conflict Resolution, Group Process and Practice, Lifespan Development, Methods of Substance Abuse Treatment, Social Problems

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Substance Abuse Services
#19
#19

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius (MN)
Annual Tuition: $14,720
Annual Tuition: $14,720
Annual Tuition: $14,720
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1160
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 538
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (952) 446-4100

Example Classes: Assessment and Treatment Planning, Case Management for Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Diversity Issues in Counseling, Psychopharmacology, Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Alcohol and Drug Counseling
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $15,231
Annual Tuition: $15,231
Annual Tuition: $15,231
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 26%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 535
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 686
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (505) 538-6336

Example Classes: Chemical Dependency and the Family, Codependency, Dual Diagnosis, Helping Skills in Chemical Dependency, Special Populations in Chem Dependancy, Substance Abuse & Crime

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Dependency Counseling
#21
#21

University of Holy Cross

New Orleans (LA)
Annual Tuition: $16,200
Annual Tuition: $16,200
Annual Tuition: $16,200
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 66
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 18
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (504) 394-7744

Example Classes: Advanced Interviewing and Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Juvenile Delinquency, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Recovery Counseling, Sexual Trauma

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Addiction Counseling
#22
#22

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis (IN)
Annual Tuition: $16,695
Annual Tuition: $16,695
Annual Tuition: $16,695
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 26,655
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,094
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (317) 208-5311

Example Classes: Abnormal Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Ethical Practice in a Diverse World, Psychology of Addiction, Psychopharmacology of Alcohol and Drugs, Stress - Critical Issues in Management and Prevention

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Psychology - Addictions
#23
#23

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown (PA)
Annual Tuition: $17,760
Annual Tuition: $17,760
Annual Tuition: $17,760
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 0
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (717) 361-1000

Example Classes: Biopsychosocial Factors of Substance Use and Abuse, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Ethical Issues in Human Services, Human Services Delivery, Pharmacology and Substance Use Disorders, Recovery and Relapse Prevention

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services - Behavioral and Addictions Counseling

Common Substance Abuse Counseling Courses

An online bachelor's degree in substance abuse counseling will prepare students for a career treating people with substance use disorder. This degree program will give students an in-depth understanding of the negative impacts of substance abuse on individuals, their loved ones, and society. Students will learn about the psychology behind addiction and how drugs and alcohol affect the body. They will also gain the hands-on experience necessary to effectively treat people with substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues and support them during and after recovery.

  • Addiction and the Family: Students will learn how to provide substance abuse counseling for families, couples, and other close relationships. Courses will cover family counseling theories and the role of the family in recovery, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse.
  • Ethics in Addictions Counseling: This class explores the ethical and legal issues counselors may encounter in substance abuse treatment. Class topics may include ethical decision-making, confidentiality, informed consent, and diversity issues in substance abuse counseling.
  • Group Counseling for Substance Abuse Group therapy is often used in substance abuse treatment, especially for inpatient treatment. This course will give students insight into the process and theoretical framework behind group therapy for addiction, leadership and facilitation skills, and effective methods for counseling groups.
  • Psychology of Addiction: This class gives an overview of the clinical diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorder. Students will learn about the criteria for diagnosing substance use disorder, how addiction occurs in the brain, psychological factors that impact addiction, and different treatment options.
  • Psychopharmacology and Addiction: This class gives an overview of the different drug classifications seen in substance abuse treatment and how each drug affects the brain. Courses will cover psychoactive properties, neurochemical effects, and withdrawal symptoms for various classes of drugs and alcohol. Students will also learn about prescription medications to treat substance use disorder and co-occurring psychological disorders.

Funding an Online Substance Abuse Counseling Degree

Financial aid for students planning to earn an online bachelor's degree in substance abuse counseling comes in many forms. Scholarships and grants provided by federal, state, school, and private sources are preferred because they don't have to be repaid. There are also financial assistance programs for students in special circumstances. For example, veterans and active duty military personnel are often eligible for tuition discounts.

Similarly, some schools have set up partnerships with various organizations, and students who are employees or members of those organizations may be eligible for tuition assistance. Student loans are less desirable because they must be repaid with interest, although federal student loans typically offer more favorable terms than private loans.

Because there is a growing need for substance abuse and addiction counselors, several non-profit organizations provide additional scholarship and grant funding.

Because there is a growing need for substance abuse and addiction counselors, several non-profit organizations provide additional scholarship and grant funding for individuals preparing to enter this profession. Some of these organizations include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, the National Institutes of Health, and the Pride Foundation. A few schools, including the University of South Dakota, the University of Central Arkansas, and East Central University, also offer scholarships for students enrolled in their counseling programs. Other scholarships for undergraduates to consider are:

As long as students are attending an accredited online program, they should be eligible for the same types of aid as on-campus students. The financial aid process typically begins when a student submits a Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) form. The information on this form is used to determine what types of aid and how much each student can receive. The schools a student has applied to then notify the student as to how much financial aid each school is willing to offer.


Is an Online Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling Worth it?

Higher education is an investment in both money and time, so it's natural to wonder whether the costs will pay off. Because everyone's circumstances differ, nobody can answer this question without considering their family and job responsibilities, career goals, and financial situation. But if you're passionate about helping people overcome addictions, then a bachelor's degree in this field might be worth the cost.

Potential benefits

  • The addiction studies field is expected to grow at a very rapid rate of 25% through 2029.
  • Earning a bachelor's degree in this subject can make an addiction counseling master's degree application more attractive because it shows the student's dedication to the field.
  • Many programs also require internships that can give practical experience in the field, which students can draw on for their application essays.
  • Graduates are eligible for a number of jobs related to the field, including psychologist's aide or state agency caseworker, and can work in these roles until they earn their master's degree and counseling license.

Potential drawbacks

  • A bachelor's degree in substance abuse counseling does not make you eligible to practice. You'll need a master's degree and license to practice, so a bachelor's degree is not the final step toward this career.
  • These counselors face high levels of professional burnout because of job-related stress. Some counselors have reported leaving the field because of the cumulative toll of helping people who are in emotional and physical distress, and others have grown frustrated with the complexities of bureaucracy and the insurance system.

You might be determined to earn a bachelor's in substance abuse counseling but unsure whether it will be worth it to earn this degree online. The usual pros and cons of online learning apply to the substance abuse counseling major. The online mode allows students to complete work on their own time and to study from anywhere without needing to uproot their lives to move close to school. However, students may miss out on some informal networking opportunities that could prove helpful to their careers, and colleges don't always provide an adequate level of support services to online students.