Pricing & Policies

We invite parents and their students to familiarize themselves with our pricing and policies before registering.

Pricing Information

PrepMatters services are offered exclusively on an hourly basis. We offer no packages and clients are under no obligation to complete any number of sessions.

Tutoring Rates: Educational Planning Rates:
Test Preparation: starting at $225/hr

Academic Tutoring: starting at $175/hr

Graduate Level: starting at $275/hr

Essays & Applications: starting at $250/hr

Other rates vary by service, call for more details.


PrepMatters requires pre-service registration of students. A separate registration is required for each student, even for a sibling of a current or former client. A one-time registration fee of $95 is assessed to student clients at the time they first become a PrepMatters client. Registration for all PrepMatters services is accomplished by accepting the following as well as our policies and procedures, speaking to a PrepMatters staff to setup your client account with demographic and billing information, and paying the registration fee.


The Educational Planning and Tutoring divisions each have their own fee structures. In all cases, students work in one-on-one sessions with a tutor, counselor, or essay specialist. Our pricing structure reflects our commitment to hiring and retaining the best in the business, as well as the value of the one-on-one approach.

Educational Planning Fees

Educational Planning is personal and individualized. High school students and their families who seek educational planning support engage in a counseling assessment with a counselor to establish themselves as clients. (The counseling assessment is not required for students who seek only academic tutoring or test preparation.) The counseling assessment gives the counselor an opportunity to thoroughly review students’ academic records and supporting documentation (e.g., transcripts, tests, reports) and to understand the interests and goals of students and their families as a preface to establishing an educational strategy plan for pursuing college admissions. The fee for the assessment—which includes two sessions (approximately 90 minutes and 60 minutes), review of records and development of an educational strategy plan—is $2,450-$2,750 for 11th and 12th grade students; $1,950-$2,250 for 9th and 10th grade students; and $1,500-$1,900 for students engaging before graduation from 8th grade.

In order to best meet the specific needs for supplemental services or assistance in further developing each student client’s educational strategy plan beyond the counseling assessment, we provide our services à la carte. This structure is designed to give our clients the freedom to use our services as much or as little as needed. Counselors charge for all of the time they dedicate to each client and bill at an hourly rate in 15-minute increments. The fee for educational counseling is $325-$375 an hour. Fees for reviewing and making recommendations for essays, résumés, and applications range from $250 an hour to $375 an hour. Rates are determined by the respective levels of expertise and experience of our counselors and essay specialists. 

Our counseling services for graduate school admissions, private high school and boarding school admissions, transfer admissions, gap year planning, interview preparation, and exclusive review of résumés or essays are generally billed at the à la carte hourly rate. The intake counselor will discuss the fee structure with each client concerning his or her particular situation.

Billable services include:

  • In-office and phone/Skype appointments
  • In-office essay, résumé, and application creation, or draft review sessions
  • In-office mock interviews

Additional billable services provided outside of office and phone appointments:

  • Review and preparation of substantive email correspondence (does not include emails relating only to scheduling)
  • Review of academic records and any educational testing
  • Review of essay topics, outlines, or drafts
  • Review of applications, résumés, and letters
  • Contacting an institution official on a client’s behalf
  • Research specific to a client’s situation or performed on his/her behalf

Essay Development Assistance

Clients may elect to either work solely with an essay specialist and receive support for the conceptualization, writing, and review of essays, applications and résumés, or may opt to work with the essay specialist in conjunction with a counselor and receive guidance in other aspects of the admissions process. The intake counselor will discuss the fee structure for essay development so that the expectations of clients and essay specialists are appropriately managed. All clients working with essay specialists should anticipate an additional time charge for a final read (15-30 minutes) for each essay by our final read editor before work products are released.

Testing Accommodations Assistance

PrepMatters also offers individualized support for students with learning differences or mental or physical health issues who wish to apply for testing accommodations when taking standardized tests (e.g., SAT, PSAT, ACT). The process for obtaining accommodations can be difficult to navigate, and students often benefit from the support of our educational counselors to assess and plan an advocacy strategy. The initial testing accommodations assessment is $600 and includes review of the student’s records and a one-hour meeting to discuss strategy. Payment is due prior to the student record review. The hourly fee for testing accommodations assistance, after payment of the initial $600 fee, is $325-$375 an hour, billed in increments of 15 minutes. Clients who wish to engage PrepMatters for a counseling assessment subsequent to the initial testing accommodations assessment will be credited $600 toward the counseling assessment fee.

Tutoring & Test Preparation Fees

The Tutoring and Test Preparation division provides tutoring for test preparation for entrance examinations as well as academic tutoring in special subjects at the elementary through college levels. Fees for test preparation range from $225 an hour to $500 an hour. Fees for test preparation for all graduate and professional exams are $275 an hour, with the exception of Sunhee Hong ($350 an hour), Aaron Golumbfskie ($350 an hour), and Ned Johnson ($500 an hour). Fees for academic tutoring in special subjects range from $175 an hour to $500 an hour. An hour of tutoring is 50 minutes in duration. The additional 10 minutes of each hour is used by tutors to compile notes from the session and to correspond with parents, as needed. Our tutors’ rates are determined by their respective levels of expertise and experience.

Test Preparation Hourly Rates: Academic Tutoring Hourly Rates:
$225 – Professional tutors
$275 – Senior tutors
$350 – Sunhee Hong
$350 – Aaron Golumbfskie
$175 – Professional tutors
$275 – Senior tutors
$350 – Sunhee Hong
$350 – Aaron Golumbfskie

Tutoring Parent Consultations:

Extended consultations with a student’s parents about the student’s progress can be scheduled and will be billed in 15-minute increments at the tutor’s current hourly rate.  

Test Preparation Homework

At the end of each tutoring session, tutors will assign homework to reinforce the lessons in that session. The homework assignment should be written in the front of the student’s workbook or in the session note that is emailed at the end of each tutoring session. PrepMatters is aware that students have other responsibilities, and the homework assigned is not an onerous amount. We ask students to complete the assigned homework session prior to the next tutoring session. We do not encourage completion of homework in the car on the way to the tutoring session or in the PrepMatters waiting area. Parents can help by reminding students of their homework assignment.

Payment for Services

PrepMatters requests that clients pay by credit card for all test preparation, educational planning, and academic tutoring. Clients make payment for services through a secure, PCI-compliant online credit card processing system. PrepMatters placements, educational planning, or accounts team members assist clients in setting up a client account, including payment information. Payments for services are processed the day after services are rendered, except that payment for the counseling assessment for educational planning is processed when the appointment for the counseling assessment is made. Payment for classes offered through schools is due prior to the commencement of the class series. Billing questions should be directed to the accounts manager at 301-951-0350 (x 102).

Payment by Check

Clients who are unable to pay by credit card or debit card may prefund services with check payment. Please call the accounts manager at 301-951-0350 (x 102) to make arrangements to pay by check.

Cancellation Policy

PrepMatters is flexible in adjusting to the hectic schedules of our clients, but only if notice of cancellation is received at least 24-hours in advance of the scheduled appointment or tutoring session. The best way to give notice is by email, but notice may also be given by telephone.

  • Educational Planning – Email or call (301) 951-0350 (x 125).
  • Test Preparation and Tutoring – Email the student’s tutor or or call (301) 951-0350 (Bethesda), (703) 356-6390 (McLean), or (202) 758-2073 (Tenley). All email addresses for PrepMatters employees are available on the PrepMatters website. If a student cancels three times without notice, the student’s appointment slot may be given to another client.

Cancellations with less than 24-hours advance notice will result in a charge of the full amount of the scheduled time. In the case of inclement weather (e.g., snowstorms) and emergencies, this policy may be waived. The PrepMatters accounts manager will make a determination on fee waivers for late cancellations due to emergencies. Clients engaged in the fixed price counseling assessment with the Educational Planning division must also give notice of cancellation at least 24-hours in advance of the scheduled appointment or risk being charged the full amount of the scheduled time billed at the counselor’s hourly rate.

Academic Integrity

We take seriously our commitment to both support our students’ learning and honor their academic integrity. These two goals are not simply complementary; they are inextricably linked. We understand that students only learn and grow when they are able to fully articulate their own work and words in their assignments. While our tutors do model the academic skills students need to be successful, be they mathematical problem-solving techniques or the tools of rhetorical analysis, they strive to engage students in a dialogue that helps them to crystallize their own thinking and find their own voices. Simply providing students with answers to graded assignments or rewriting papers is antithetical to the work we do. Not only is it unethical, but it also undermines the selfconfidence and intellectual development of the students with whom we are entrusted.

We appreciate your patronage and look forward to working with you!