This document sets forth a template contract to be entered into between a consultant
and a student for college admission consulting services. The draft form contemplates
the use of a responsible party for payment for the services, such as the parent or legal
guardian of the student. It contains both standard clauses as well as opportunities for
customization to ensure that the understandings of the parties are properly set forth.
This form is ideal for individual consultants when providing consultant services to
THIS CONSULTING AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into as of
the ___ day of _____, 20__, [Instruction: Insert date.] by and among _____
[Instruction: Insert individual name.] ("Student"), _____ [Instruction: Insert name of
party financially responsible for payment if not Student.] (“Responsible Party”) and
_____ [Instruction: Insert consultant’s name.] ("Consultant").
WHEREAS, Consultant is recognized as _____ [Instruction: Insert area of expertise.];
WHEREAS, the Student desires to retain Consultant to provide services related to and in
support of efforts in which Consultant has expertise; and
WHEREAS, Consultant is in the business of providing such consulting services and
has agreed to provide the services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of this Agreement and other good and valuable
consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties
agree as follows:
1. Consultant shall provide Student with, and Responsible Party shall agree to pay
for, one-on-one hourly consulting services (“Services”). The Services shall be
provided at the following location: ______ [Instruction: Insert location.]
2. The initial consultation shall take place on _____ [Instruction: Insert
commencement date.] and thereafter, consultations shall take place _____
[Instruction: Insert frequency of consultations.] and shall continue until and
terminate on _____ [Instruction: Insert termination date.].
3. For all services that Consultant renders to the Student the Student will pay
Consultant $_____ per hour, payable on the first day of the month. The Services
will be scheduled at mutually convenient times for Student and Consultant.
Parties hereby agree to provide no less than 48 hours’ notice of any cancellation
of such consultation, barring any emergency. Late payments by Responsible
Party shall be subject to late penalty fees of _____% [Instruction: insert
number] per month from the due date until the amount is paid. Responsible
Party hereby understands, acknowledges and agrees that such fees are due even in
the event Student is not accepted at any or all school(s) to which Student applies.
4. Responsible Party understands, acknowledges and agrees the amount of hours
spent by Consultant, and therefore, the fees due Consultant will vary based on
Student’s preparation and completion of documents throughout the admissions
process. Consultant shall bear no liability for any failure by Student to adequately
prepare any necessary documents, or failure by Student to timely prepare any
5. The Consultant will assist the Student in developing an optimal positioning and
communication strategy and will brainstorm with the Student a list of potential
schools based on the Student’s indicated interests and an evaluation of Student’s
© Copyright 2012 Docstoc Inc. 2
potential for admission to such schools. Consultant will assist the Student in
developing a strategy for researching schools and programs, and applying to such
potential schools. The Consultant will brainstorm with the Student on topics for
essays and short form answers, and will help develop the story line of the essays.
Upon Student’s draft essay preparation, Consultant will help edit grammar,
spelling and elements of style. The Consultant will assist the Student with the
preparation of an activities resume based upon the Student’s initial draft. The
Consultant will assist the Student with selection of recommenders and preparation
of a cover letter to recommenders based upon the Student’s initial draft. The
Consultant will not be responsible for the actual filling out of application forms,
but will assist the Student by answering questions about applications or advising
the Student about how to find answers. The Consultant shall bear no liability for
calendaring of application deadlines, nor shall Consultant bear any liability for
any failure of Student to submit (nor for any untimely submission of) any
application or necessary or additional supporting documentation.
6. The Responsible Party and Student agree to fully and truthfully disclose Student’s
academic record as well as any other pertinent information to the best of their
7. Student will prepare for each consultation to the best of his ability and shall
thoroughly complete any assignments provided by Consultant. The Responsible
Party shall attend any consultation requested by Consultant.
8. It shall be the responsibility of Student and/or Responsible Party, at their sole
cost, to obtain any and all standardized test scores and/or any other necessary
documents, arrange for the transmission of any such test scores and/or documents,
finalize, pay for and transmit any such test scores, documents and/or applications
to be submitted (including any required for requested financial aid, which is
beyond the scope of this Agreement), monitor the status of all applications,
interviews and visits and notify School(s) of Student’s enrollment decisions.
9. Parties hereto understand, acknowledge and agree that Consultant shall bear no
liability for any (or all) School’s admission decisions with respect to Student.
Consultant shall make no contact with any School with respect to Student.
10. In the event of a breach hereunder and a failure to cure such breach within thirty
(30) days of written notice of such breach, this Agreement may be terminated by
either party upon written notice.
11. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and if any one or more provisions
may be determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part,
the remaining provisions, and any partially enforceable provision to the extent
enforceable in any jurisdiction, shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable.
12. The Consultant represents and warrants to the Student that he/she is under no
contractual or other restrictions or obligations which are inconsistent with the
execution of this Agreement, or which will interfere with the performance of
his/her duties or provision of services hereunder. Consultant represents and
warrants that the execution and performance of this Agreement will not violate
© Copyright 2012 Docstoc Inc. 3
any policies or procedures of any other person or entity for which he/she performs
services concurrently with those performed herein.
13. The Consultant acknowledges and agrees that it shall be solely responsible to pay
any and all incomes taxes on any moneys earned from Responsible Party while
performing services contemplated under this Agreement. The Consultant further
acknowledges that the Responsible Party will not at any time withhold any taxes
from the Responsible Party’s payments to the Consultant under this Agreement
for the purposes of income tax or any other applicable taxes.
14. Any notices or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement
shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given and delivered
when delivered in person, two (2) days after being mailed postage prepaid by
certified or registered mail with return receipt requested, or when delivered by
overnight delivery service or by facsimile to the recipient at the following address
or facsimile number, or to such other address or facsimile number as to which the
other party subsequently shall have been notified in writing by such recipient:
If to the Student:
[Instruction: Insert Student notice information here.]
If to the Consultant:
[Instruction: Insert Consultant notice information here.]
15. Either party's failure to enforce any provision or provisions of this Agreement
shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision or provisions
as to prior or future violations thereof or of any other provision of this Agreement,
nor prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision of
this Agreement. The rights granted the parties herein are cumulative