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WriteAway Commitment Model

To support the WriteAway service participating institutions contribute tutor hours and a service support fee.

In 2014/15, the BC eTutoring Concept Committee approved the implementation of a six-tier WriteAway Service Support Fee Model. Service Support fees collected from participating institutions are used to cover collaborative service expenditures.

The models are based on funded FTEs. These numbers are obtained from the budget letters released annually by the Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED).

WriteAway Service Support Fees for 2021/22 Fiscal Year

Tier FTE Range Fee per Institution
Tier One < 2,499 $1,535
Tier Two 2,500 - 5,999 $2,225
Tier Three 6,000 - 7,499 $2,962
Tier Four 7,500 - 14,999 $4,138
Tier Five 15,000 - 29,999 $5,963
Tier Six > 30,000 $7,463

WriteAway Tutoring Contributions

The WriteAway Advisory Committee has committed to the minimum tutoring contributions listed below for the 2021/22 academic year, enabling a consistency in reliable and efficient online support for students. 

2021/22 September-December and January-April Semesters

Tier FTE Range Minimum Tutoring Hour Contributions
Tier One < 2,499 71.5
Tier Two 2,500 - 5,999 77
Tier Three 6,000 - 7,499 88
Tier Four 7,500 - 14,999 99
Tier Five 15,000 - 29,999 110
Tier Six > 30,000 110


2022 May-August Semester

Tier FTE Range Minimum Tutoring Hour Contributions
Tier One < 2,499 35
Tier Two 2,500 - 5,999 38.5
Tier Three 6,000 - 7,499 44
Tier Four 7,500 - 14,999 49.5
Tier Five 15,000 - 29,999 55
Tier Six > 30,000 55

Tier 1

Alexander College
Coast Mountain College
College of the Rockies
North Island College
Northern Lakes College (Alberta)
Northern Lights College
Selkirk College

Tier 2

College of New Caledonia
Trinity Western University

Tier 3

Camosun College
Langara College
University of the Fraser Valley
Vancouver Community College             

Tier 4

British Columbia Institute of Technology
Douglas College
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Thompson Rivers University

Tier 5

Simon Fraser University

Tier 6

University of British Columbia

Flexible Contribution Plan

The flexible contribution, instituted in 2018, is a complement to, rather than a substitution for, contributed tutoring hours.

Tutoring hours in the flexible contribution plan are available by block (1 block = 10 hours of tutoring) at a rate of $300/block. Tutoring blocks are valid only during their semester of purchase, as tutors will be contracted each semester to staff blocks.

Flexible contribution fees will be collected by the WriteAway Administrative Centre and used to facilitate a tutoring pool of independent contractors. Compensation for contractors is based on Simon Fraser University’s (the WriteAway Administrative Centre host institution), salary scale for writing facilitators.

For example: Institution A is a tier two institution with a minimum contribution of 70 hours for the September-December semester. If, for whatever reason, institution A is only able to hire a tutor for 60 hours for the semester, they can purchase one block of tutoring (10 hours) to meet the minimum contribution for the September-December semester. For the January-April semester, institution A hires a tutor for 75 hours and does not need to make use of the flexible contribution plan.

Institutions may handle allocation of hours and flexible contribution fees differently from semester to semester.

Please contact the WriteAway Administrative Centre ( 778-782-9404) for more details.