Monthly Flat Rate Payment Policy
Having my students make monthly flat rate payments allows my family the stability we need to manage our finances throughout the year. Since my schedule is full and I usually have students on a waiting list, entering into the flat rate payment plan guarantees you a spot in my schedule year round.
How the new plan works
Each year I will plan to take 6 weeks of “official” vacation time. This will consist of one week each for spring break and Thanksgiving, two weeks during the December holidays, and two more that will most likely be in the summer. Students are not charged for these missed weeks as they are subtracted from the overall annual cost which is divided by 12 months. Therefore my flat rate billing is based on a 46 week (rather than 52 week) annual schedule.
Monthly rates for new students as of 2017
30 minute lesson flat rate - $40 per lesson x 46 weeks = $1,610 ÷ 12 months = $150
monthly rate 45 minute lesson flat rate - $50 per lesson x 46 weeks = $2,070 ÷ 12 months = $190
monthly rate 60 minute lesson flat rate - $60 per lesson x 46 weeks = $2,530 ÷ 12 months = $230 monthly rate
Missed lessons due to “official” vacation weeks will not be made up or refunded as they are already not charged for in the monthly flat rate. I will happily reschedule or refund any other missed lessons as long as I have at least 24 hours notice.
I will only refund or reschedule up to two missed lessons per month (not including lessons that happen during an “official” vacation week that students are not charged for already). If a student needs to miss more than two lessons in a month you have three options:
1) Pay full monthly rate for the time slot and make up all lessons upon return with no time limit on how long it takes to make them up.
2) Pay 50% to reserve your place in the schedule (no make-up lessons).
3) Pay nothing but risk losing a spot to a waitlisted student. FYI – I am generally operating on a waiting list that fluctuates between 1 to 4 students.
1 Day National Holidays
I may or may not choose to take off national holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day etc. Either way, these days will not count as my “official” vacation days so if we miss I will offer a refund or an option to reschedule.
Modes of Payment
The most cost effective way to make a payment is to pay in cash or check each month before or after a lesson. I can also use my card reader or accept a payment here through the website. While paying with a card is convenient, the downside is that these two modes of payment incur a fee of 3%.