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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 model is 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 2017/18 Fiscal Year

Tier FTE Range Fee per Institution
Tier One < 2,499 $956
Tier Two 2,500 - 5,999 $1,365
Tier Three 6,000 - 7,499 $1,843
Tier Four 7,500 - 14,499 $2,552
Tier Five 15,000 - 29,999 $3,623
Tier Six > 30,000 $4,820

WriteAway Tutor Hours

In June 2017, The BC eTutoring Steering Committee  adjusted tutoring contributions to correspond with the FTE tiers that are currently used for WriteAway’s service support fees.

September-December and January-April Semesters

Tier FTE Range Minimum Tutoring Hour Contributions
Tier One < 2,499 65
Tier Two 2,500 - 5,999 70
Tier Three 6,000 - 7,499 80
Tier Four 7,500 - 14,499 90
Tier Five 15,000 - 29,999 100
Tier Six > 30,000 100


May-August Semester

Tier FTE Range Minimum Tutoring Hour Contributions
Tier One < 2,499 32
Tier Two 2,500 - 5,999 35
Tier Three 6,000 - 7,499 40
Tier Four 7,500 - 14,499 45
Tier Five 15,000 - 29,999 50
Tier Six > 30,000 50

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.