With an overall population of 67,171 and a student population of 22,765, approximately 14,575 of Bellingham students attend one of Bellingham's schools that offer mental health programs.
Bellingham's largest mental health school is Western Washington University. In 2010, Western Washington University graduated approximately 4 students from its mental health program.
A reported 4 students graduated with credentials in mental health in Bellingham in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $18,749 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Bellingham mental health schools was an average of $29,780 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,020 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a mental health program in Bellingham. And if you live on campus at one of the Bellingham-based mental health schools, you will have an added expense of $8,096 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $10,230.
After graduating with your credentials in mental health, if you decide to work as a mental health counselor in Bellingham, your job prospects are good. There were 2,370 mental health counselors working in Washington State and 80 working in the greater Bellingham area in 2010. The government projects that the number of mental health counselors in Bellingham will increase by 21% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for mental health counselors.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mental health counselor in Bellingham is $37,850 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for mental health counselors.