Charleston has a total population of 21,039 and a student population of 11,966. Of these students, 11,966 are enrolled in schools that offer counseling programs.
Of the 1 counseling schools in Charleston, the largest counseling school, by student population, is Eastern Illinois University. In 2010, approximately 54 students graduated from the Counseling program at Eastern Illinois University.
In 2010, 69 students graduated with a counseling degree in Charleston. Tuition in 2009 at Charleston's counseling schools was $19,877 per year for instate students and $34,217 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $120 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a counseling program in Charleston. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,078 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
Many counseling graduates choose to work as counselors after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Charleston, your job prospects are good. In 2010, there were 10,030 counselors in Illinois. Of these counselors, 220 were working in the greater Charleston area. The number of counselors in Charleston is expected to increase by 12% by the year 2018. This projected change is the same as the projected nationwide trend for counselors.
As a counselor in Charleston, you can expect to make an average salary of $48,260 per year. This is higher than the average salary for counselors in the state.