Fairfax has a general population of 21,498 and an overall student population of 32,304. Approximately 32,067 of Fairfax's students are enrolled in schools that offer accounting programs.
The largest accounting school in Fairfax, by student population, is George Mason University. In 2010, approximately 242 students graduated from the Accounting program at George Mason University.
A reported 242 students graduated with credentials in accounting in Fairfax in 2010. Tuition in 2009 at Fairfax's accounting schools was $19,314 per year for instate students and $35,298 per year for out of state students.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $900 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a accounting program in Fairfax. And if you live on campus at one of the Fairfax-based accounting schools, you will have an added expense of $7,700 per year, on average, for room and board. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $12,024.
Many accounting graduates choose to work as accountants after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Fairfax, your job prospects are good. There were 40,140 accountants working in Virginia and 28,920 working in the greater Fairfax area in 2010. The number of accountants in Fairfax is expected to increase by 25% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for accountants.
The average salary you can expect to earn as an accountant in Fairfax is $74,970 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for accountants.