Sliding Scale and Fees

This article I wrote explains sliding scale pretty well if you’re not familiar with the idea.

RIDE FREE’S FEES

All fees are on a sliding scale. Most people fall into the middle of the scale.

  • Full Class fees are $29-$59 per class.
  • Up to two no-cost seats are available per class, please contact me well ahead of time to enquire about availability.
  • Coaching and consultation fees are $79-$155/session for individuals, $145-$225/session for couples, and $400+ for private groups.

Fees & Sliding Scale

What does sliding scale mean? It means you select the cost according to what you think you’re able to pay. I know it’s not simple, and more than just your current income is involved.

For a class to be sustainable for me to teach, on average I need most attendees to self-select in the medium range. Also, when a few attendees with more resources select high/top, that will offsets and supports bottom/low attendees. This is a trial, but over the last two years it’s been sustainable so far.

How do I decide where I should land on the scale? Try this:

 Scale: Bottom/Free Low Medium High Top
earned
assets*
– Unemployed + no UI
– employed less than marginally
– Unemployed with UI or employed marginally – Employed, make $25-55k – Employed, make $55-85k
– live partially off unearned income
– Employed, make over $85k OR
– live off unearned income
unearned
assets
– Family has no assets, or
– No access to family
– Family has some assets – Family has assets, like a house they are paying
– I’m able bodied
– Family has many assets, like a paid-off house
– someone else paid or pays my rent/mortgage
– I choose to work part time or for less since I need less money/have external support
– Family has many assets, like investments
– I have access and gave it away
– someone else paid or pays my rent/mortgage
– I choose to work or not
Privilege and $$ – Student loans and I was the first in my family to go to college
– I help my family with $
 – survival credit card debt – Student loans and most people in my family have higher education – Student loans for  professional or post-secondary education – My college was paid for

 

Do you have scholarships or work-trade?

I offer at least one free and up to two no-cost spaces per class, based on need. I don’t do worktrade, since lord knows people without resources work extra for everything already. If you’re not able to pay and want to attend a class, please reach out via email at least a few days ahead of time.

As donations and registrations support it, I open more seats in a class as I’m able.

 

*What’s an “asset”? An asset is something of value: it can be a house, a paid-off car, an education or degree, savings, etc. Assets that are not yours now but will be yours someday are still your assets in the long game we’ll be looking at.