What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, credit card information or other details to help you with your experience.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to a newsletter, respond to a survey or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:
- To personalize user's experience and to allow us to deliver the type of content and product offerings in which you are most interested.
- To improve our website in order to better serve you.
- To allow us to better service you in responding to your customer service requests.
- To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
- To quickly process your transactions.
- To ask for ratings and reviews of services or products
- To follow up with them after correspondence (live chat, email or phone inquiries)
How do we protect visitor information?
Our website is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.
We use regular Malware Scanning.
Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. In addition, all sensitive/credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. We implement a variety of security measures when a user places an order enters, submits, or accesses their information to maintain the safety of your personal information.
All transactions are processed through a gateway provider and are not stored or processed on our servers.
Do we use 'cookies'?
- Understand and save user's preferences for future visits.
- Keep track of advertisements.
- Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser's Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If you disable cookies, some features will be disabled. It will affect the user's experience and some of our services will not function properly.
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. Third-party links Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We have implemented the following:
- Demographics and Interests Reporting
We along with third-party vendors, such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising initiative opt out page or permanently using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
According to CalOPPA we agree to the following:
Users can visit our site anonymously.
Users are able to change their personal information:
- By emailing us
How does our site handle do not track signals?
We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It's also important to note that we allow third-party behavioral tracking
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children's privacy and safety online. We do not specifically market to children under 13.
Fair Information Practices
The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information.
In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices we will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:
We will notify the users via email
- Within 7 business days
We also agree to the Individual Redress Principle, which requires that individuals have a right to pursue legally enforceable rights against data collectors and processors who fail to adhere to the law. This principle requires not only that individuals have enforceable rights against data users, but also that individuals have recourse to courts or government agencies to investigate and/or prosecute non-compliance by data processors.
CAN SPAM Act
The CAN-SPAM Act is a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have emails stopped from being sent to them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
We collect your email address in order to:
- Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions.
- Process orders and to send information and updates pertaining to orders.
- We may also send you additional information related to your product and/or service.
- Market to our mailing list or continue to send emails to our clients after the original transaction has occurred.
To be in accordance with CANSPAM we agree to the following:
- NOT use false, or misleading subjects or email addresses.
- Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
- Include the physical address of our business or site headquarters.
- Monitor third party email marketing services for compliance, if one is used.
- Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
- Allow users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails:
- Follow the instructions at the bottom of each email.
and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
The Scholarship System, LLC, creator of the The Scholarship System subscription service (including Scholarship School, any products via www.thescholarshipsystem.com and/or www.scholarshipschool.org), provides the following cancellation policy:
- Purchased prior to 11/28/2018: Within 14 days of the purchase of your The Scholarship System membership subscription, you may cancel your account via the clearly-marked contact form, under the “Contact” section above and within the course portal upon logging in, and we will cancel your subscription, preventing any future charges, upon request. This pertains to both $1 trial purchases as well as payment plans.
- Effective 11/28/2018: Within 7 days of the purchase of your The Scholarship System membership subscription, you may cancel your account via the clearly-marked contact form, under the “Contact” section above and within the course portal upon logging in, and we will cancel your subscription, preventing any future charges, upon request. This pertains to both $1 trial purchases as well as payment plans.
- The final charge will hit on the final day of the trial period. In order to prevent being charged, cancel prior to the final day of the trial.
- No refunds are provided on digital products, and we do not provide pro-rata refunds for canceled accounts.
If you elect to use paid aspects of the The Scholarship System, you agree to the pricing and payment listed on the Service which we may update from time to time. If offered a trial during your purchase process, you may cancel your The Scholarship System account at any time during the trial period; however, there are no refunds for cancellation. Upon completion of The Scholarship System’s Scholarship School (also known as The Scholarship System Course) trial period as determined by your purchase offer, you agree to the pricing listed to be charged one-time for 12-months access to The Scholarship System ‘Scholarship School’ program, in addition to the pricing for any and all add-on items such as essay reviews, one-on-one mentoring sessions and any other products and services added to your order. Your membership charge will include access to our private members-only Facebook group and program support, unlimited uses of the online content for 12 months, as well as continual program updates and enhancements over the 12-month period. Billed charges are non-refundable.
Purchased prior to 11/28/2018: For payment plan subscriptions, the same 14-day policy stands in which members may contact us to cancel the subscription prior to the second charge (on the 14th day.)
Effective 11/28/2018: For payment plan subscriptions and non-trial course purchases, the same 7-day policy stands in which members may contact us to cancel the subscription.
Any one-time charge for digital products (PDFs, workbooks, ebooks, etc.) are non-refundable.
All information that you provide in connection with a purchase or transaction or other monetary transaction interaction with the Service must be accurate, complete, and current. You agree to pay all charges incurred by users of your credit card, debit card, or other payment method used in connection with a purchase or transaction or other monetary transaction interaction with the Service at the prices in effect when such charges are incurred. You will pay any applicable taxes, if any, relating to any such purchases, licenses, royalties, transactions, or other monetary transaction interactions.
Add-on services such essay reviews, one-on-one mentoring sessions, introduction calls and any other service that is in addition to The Scholarship System Course (Scholarship School) must be used within 180 days of original purchase.
The Scholarship System Renewal Policy: We will charge or debit your payment method at the beginning of your renewal subscription. When we renew your Membership subscription, we will use the payment method currently associated with your account. If your credit or debit account has been closed or your payment method is otherwise invalid, your subscription may not renew. If we are unable to collect payment prior to your renewal date, and you wish to retain your Membership, you will be subject to current payment plan offerings. In certain cases, such as an expired card, our payment processor will contact the card issuing bank for updated information to allow the purchase to go through. Until you cancel, billing will continue according to the cycle stated at the time of your purchase.
Renewal charges are non-refundable.
Debt-Free Degree Lab Membership Policy Only - We offer a 30-day refund period for Debt-Free Degree Lab initial membership purchases.
In the event that you decide your purchase was not the right decision, within 30 days of enrollment, contact our support team at [email protected] and let us know you’d like a refund by the 30th day at 11:59 PM EST.
We will charge or debit your payment method at the beginning of your subscription. When we renew your Membership subscription, we will use the payment method currently associated with your account. If your credit or debit account has been closed or your payment method is otherwise invalid, your subscription may not renew. If we are unable to collect payment prior to your renewal date, and you wish to retain your Membership, you will be subject to current payment plan offerings. In certain cases, such as an expired card, our payment processor will contact the card issuing bank for updated information to allow the purchase to go through. Until you cancel, billing will continue according to the cycle stated at the time of your purchase.
We will NOT provide refunds more than 30 days following the initial date of purchase. After day 30, all payments are non-refundable and you are responsible for full payment of the fees for the program regardless if you complete any content.
All refunds are discretionary as determined by The Scholarship System, LLC. To further clarify, we will not provide refunds after the 30th day from your date of purchase and all payments must be made on a timely basis.
If you have any questions or problems, please let us know by contacting our support team directly. The support desk can be reached at: [email protected]
Show-Your-Work Moneyback Guarantee - You have an entire 30 days to try The Scholarship System and prove to yourself that it’ll deliver the results. If it doesn’t, then all you need to do is contact our team and we’ll happily refund your investment.
But full disclosure… You have to show us you did the work.
All you need to do is complete all the STEPS of the course including the checklists, quizzes, and worksheets. Also, submit proof that you applied for at least 10 scholarships.
So let’s sum it up…
Simply let the team know ([email protected]), show us the work you’ve done, and we’ll refund your entire investment.
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising
The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website. The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.
First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The "help" feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.
Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.
The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit https://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp. You may also visit https://optout.aboutads.info/#/ and https://optout.networkadvertising.org/# to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at https://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.
Mediavine partners with the following data processors: