How to informally implement a sliding scale for tutoring services?
February 16, 2013 1:43 PM Subscribe
I am a math tutor in the walk-in tutoring center at the community college and I get asked by a lot of students if I do private sessions off-campus. I ask $20/hr, which I am told by my colleagues is a perfectly reasonable rate. However I realize that $20/hr is prohibitively expensive for a lot of people at community college, and I know that a lot of people I tutor could afford $30/hr or more. How do I tactfully
offer a discount to someone who needs it while charging a higher rate to those who can afford it?
posted by triceryclops to Work & Money (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
A rule of thumb I hear from colleagues is if the parents are paying for it and they live in the bourgeois part of town, then charge them the higher rate. That makes some sense even though it still makes some assumptions. But I'm dealing with mostly adult students directly, and I can't make any assumptions about their finances. Being that society here in the States tends to frown upon haggling, I feel like simply giving them the upper rate will just result in them opting out. On the other hand, I don't want to start asking for pay stubs and banking records either.
Is this at all possible, or do you have to go by "feel"?