With an overall population of 77,906 and a student population of 35,548, approximately 28,699 of Tuscaloosa students attend one of Tuscaloosa's schools that offer social work programs.
The University of Alabama is the largest social work school in Tuscaloosa, based on student population. In 2010, The University of Alabama graduated approximately 209 students with credentials in social work.
In 2010, 209 students graduated with a social work degree from one of Tuscaloosa's social work schools. Tuition in 2009 at Tuscaloosa's social work schools was $21,565 per year for instate students and $33,765 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,100 for social work related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus at one of the Tuscaloosa-based social work schools, you will have an added expense of $6,894 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many social work graduates choose to work as social workers after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Tuscaloosa, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 4,860 social workers in Alabama, 410 were working in the greater Tuscaloosa area. By the year 2018, the number of social workers is expected to increase by 14% in Tuscaloosa. This anticipated change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for social workers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a social worker in Tuscaloosa is $38,390 per year, which is lower than the average for social workers state-wide.