Anchorage has a general population of 260,283 and an overall student population of 19,599. Approximately 17,276 of Anchorage's students are enrolled in schools that offer mental health programs.
The largest mental health school in Anchorage, by student population, is University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2010, University of Alaska Anchorage graduated approximately 72 students from its mental health program.
A total of 72 students graduated with credentials in mental health from mental health schools in Anchorage in 2010. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $16,604 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Anchorage mental health schools was an average of $26,504 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,154 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a mental health program in Anchorage. And if you live on campus at one of the Anchorage-based mental health schools, you will have an added expense of $8,430 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $9,542.
Many mental health graduates choose to work as mental health counselors after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Anchorage, your job prospects are not very good. In 2010, of the 330 mental health counselors in Alaska, 410 were working in the greater Anchorage area. By the year 2018, the number of mental health counselors is expected to decrease by 0% in Anchorage. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for mental health counselors.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mental health counselor in Anchorage is $40,970 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for mental health counselors.