By registering to be listed as a tutor on Freedom Tutors (“the website,” “website,” “Freedom Tutors.com”), you (“tutor”) agree that the following terms and conditions will govern all payments made to you by students through the Freedom Tutors platform.
Conditions for guaranteeing receipt of payment for student lessons:
Freedom Tutors is a marketplace for those seeking tutoring services to connect with those seeking to provide said tutoring services. One of the services provided by Freedom Tutors is a service to its users whereby payments will be distributed to tutors that originate from their students. Freedom Tutors offers tutors a layer of protection in the collection of their fund if and only if all the following conditions are fulfilled. If any of the following conditions are not met, Freedom Tutors is unable to distribute payment to the “tutor” and reserves the right to ban any violating “tutor” from the platform:
a) The information pertaining to the lesson is accurate. This includes the start and end time, duration, subject and student account name. Unless otherwise agreed to by the tutor and student, the start and end time will be considered to be the times of the actual tutoring lesson, not arrival and departure times to and from the tutoring location.
b) Prior to each lesson being given, the student has on file with Wyzant a valid form of payment. This includes a valid credit/debit card or PayPal account, a positive balance of prepaid tutoring credit or gift card. The requirement to verify payment information must be followed for continuing students as well as new students.
c) The lesson is delivered in-person at a mutually agreed upon location or through Tute Suite. If the lesson is delivered remotely through another medium, such as via the internet, email, telephone or Skype, or in the instance when the tutor does proofreading or other asynchronous, non-tutoring work with the student, the tutor must obtain written confirmation from the student to the tutor’s Freedom Tutors assigned email address that acknowledges the nature of the work to be done and the expectations of the time and cost required to complete the work.
d) The tutor’s services are instructive and constitute learning, not cheating. More specifically, the tutor is not to complete assignments, write papers, take quizzes or otherwise do work on the student’s behalf. Further, the services that the tutor offers must not violate the academic honesty policy or other conduct policies of the student’s school, university, academic institution or workplace.
e) The tutor enters the lesson into the Wyzant system or assesses a cancellation fee within seven (7) days of the lesson occurring. Payment for lessons entered outside of this window cannot be distributed until the lessons are approved by the student. Lessons cannot be submitted more than fourteen (14) days after the date of the lesson.
f) Prior to a lesson being given, the tutor has submitted credentials and has been approved by Freedom Tutors to teach that particular subject.
g) The tutor does not collect or request payment directly from the student by cash, check or otherwise, for the lesson.
h) For cancellation fees assessed to a student, the cancellation penalty is both consistent with the cancellation policy publicly displayed on the tutor’s profile and is explained to the student prior to the occurrence of the cancellation. All lesson cancellations are subject to the standard 6% service fee.
i) The tutor is over 18 years old and is eligible to work in the United States.
Timing and delivery of payments
If all the Conditions for guaranteeing receipt of payment for student lessons are met, tutors can expect to receive their funds as stipulated below. If there are questions about any of the conditions, payments may be delayed while Freedom Tutors attempts to resolve the questions.
Tutors are paid either by check mailed to the mailing address on file, which is entered in our system when tutors create a profile on www.freedomtutors.com or any amendment of that that profile thereafter. We mail checks via USPS on the 1 (first) st and 15 (fifteenth) of each month or the following business day in case of weekends and bank holidays. Only payments for lessons submitted by tutor and accepted by student five days prior to payment date will be included in each payment.
Tutors who elects to sign up for Direct Deposit and enter accurate bank account and routing numbers, will have their funds released to their bank according to the same schedule as in part a). The time between when the funds are released by Freedom Tutors and made available to the tutor by the tutor’s bank will vary and is controlled by the tutor’s bank, not by Freedom Tutors. If a tutor’s direct deposit is returned to Freedom Tutors by the tutor’s bank, we will request that the tutor correct the tutor’s bank information. The returned payment amount will be resent within five (5) days after the bank information is corrected.
c) For a tutor who is eligible and elects to sign up for Express Direct Deposit, the funds will be released to the tutor’s bank account five (5) days after the lesson submission. If the fifth day is a Saturday, Sunday, or Bank Holiday, the payment will be released the next business day.
Social Security number requirement
a) Prior to payments made in an amount of greater than $50, cumulatively, tutors must submit to Freedom Tutors a valid Social Security Number (“SSN”). Such payments will be withheld by Freedom Tutors until the SSN is received, and the payments will be released with the next scheduled payment. (Although the burden to report 1099 income and meet other state-level reporting requirement is technically on the student who is hiring and retaining a tutor, Freedom Tutors offers students this filing service as a benefit of using the Freedom Tutors platform. To complete these filings, Freedom Tutos needs to have a valid SSN.)
b) Tutors may use an Employer Identification Number (“EIN”) issued by the Internal Revenue Service in place of a SSN for payment reporting purposes only. To use an EIN, a tutor must complete, sign and submit to Freedom Tutors an IRS Form W-9.
Calculation of tutor payment amounts
a) Tutors set their own hourly rate and may change it at any time. Changing the default hourly rate will affect students who email a tutor after the time the change is made. Students who have been in contact with a tutor within 6 months prior to the time the rate change is made will be continue to be subject to the hourly rate that was listed on the tutor’s profile at the time they first contacted the tutor; in order to change the rate for one of these students, the student must acknowledge the rate change via a rate change request email.
b) All tutors agree to the following payment structure. Freedom Tuto’s commission decreases as tutoring session completed. The more a tutor works and gets paid, the less they have to pay to Freedom Tutors.
Here is the Freedom Tutors commission schedule:
% Freedom Tutors commission
18 and eligible for $50 monthly fee*
*Tutors who have successfully completed 301 tutoring sessions become eligible to benefit from everything Freedom Tutors has to offer for only $50/month instead of the % commission.
c) Non-tutoring charges should be incorporated into the hourly rate. Travel, prep time or other expenses that you wish to defray to the customer must first be agreed to by the student. The mechanism to assess these charges is to adjust your hourly rate. All costs associated with tutoring students who retain you through Freedom Tutors must go through the site.