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 special education programs.
Western Washington University is the largest special education school in Bellingham, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 79 students graduated from the Special Education program at Western Washington University.
In 2010, 79 students graduated with a special education degree from one of Bellingham's special education schools. If you decide to attend one of Bellingham's special education 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, you should plan on spending an average of $1,020 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a special education program in Bellingham. 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 special education graduates choose to work as special education professionals after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Bellingham, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 2,870 special education professionals in Washington State, 70 were working in the greater Bellingham area. Bellingham's special education professional workforce is projected to increase by 12% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for special education professionals.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a special education professional in Bellingham is $57,820 per year. This is higher than the state-wide average salary for special education professionals.