Bellingham has a general population of 67,171 and an overall student population of 22,765. Approximately 14,575 of Bellingham's students are enrolled in schools that offer music programs.
Bellingham's largest music school is Western Washington University. In 2010, approximately 22 students graduated from the Music program at Western Washington University.
A total of 41 students graduated with credentials in music from music schools in Bellingham in 2010. If you decide to attend one of Bellingham's music schools, you can expect to pay an average of $18,749 per year in instate tuition and $29,780 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, plan on spending an average of $1,020 for music related books and supplies each year. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,096 per year, on average, for room and board. If you live at home, you can cut this cost down to approximately $10,230.
Many music graduates choose to work as musicians after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Bellingham, your job prospects are not very good. Bellingham's musician workforce is projected to increase by 3% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for musicians.