Terms of Service


1. Welcome to Lite Tuition!

This  page explains our Terms of Service. When you use Lite Tuition, you’re  agreeing to all the rules on this page. Some of them need to be  expressed in legal language, but we’ve done our best to offer you clear  and simple explanations of what everything means — hence the brief  summaries in these blue boxes. The summaries, for the record, are not  part of the official legal terms.

Welcome to Lite Tuition. By  using this website (the “Site”) and services (together with the Site,  the “Services”) offered by Lite Tuition, and its subsidiaries,  affiliates, agents, representatives, consultants, employees, officers,  and directors — collectively, “Lite Tuition,” “we,” or “us”), you’re  agreeing to these legally binding rules (the “Terms”). You’re also  agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy, and agreeing to follow any other rules on the Site.

We  may change these terms from time to time. If we do, we’ll let you know  about any material changes, either by notifying you on the Site or by  sending you an email. New versions of the terms will never apply  retroactively — we’ll tell you the exact date they go into effect. If  you keep using Lite Tuition after a change, that means you accept the  new terms.

Lite Tuition is for your personal, non-commercial use, except as explained in section 4 and section 5 below.


2. About Creating an Account

To  sign up for a Lite Tuition account, you need to be 18 or over. You’re  responsible for your account and all the activity on it.

You can  browse Lite Tuition without registering for an account. But to use some  of Lite Tuition’s functions, you’ll need to register, choose a username,  and set a password. When you do that, the information you give us has  to be accurate and complete. Don’t impersonate anyone else or choose  names that are offensive or that violate anyone’s rights. If you don’t  follow these rules, we may cancel your account.

You’re responsible  for all the activity on your account, and for keeping your password  confidential. If you find out that someone’s used your account without  your permission, you should report it to support@litetuition.com.

To  sign up for an account, you need to be at least 18 years old, or old  enough to form a binding contract where you live. If necessary, we may  ask you for proof of age.


3. Things You Definitely Shouldn’t Do

This  section is a list of things you probably already know you shouldn’t do —  lie, break laws, abuse people, steal data, hack other people’s  computers, and so on. Please behave yourself. Don’t do this stuff.

A  lot of people use Lite Tuition. We expect all of them to behave  responsibly and help keep this a nice place. Don’t do any of these  things on the Site:


  • Don’t break the law. Don’t take any action that infringes or violates other people’s rights,  violates the law, or breaches any contract or legal duty you have  toward anyone.
  • Don’t lie to people. Don’t post information you know is false, misleading, or inaccurate. Don’t do anything deceptive or fraudulent.
  • Don’t victimize anyone. Don’t do anything threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory,  libelous, tortious, obscene, profane, or invasive of another person’s  privacy.
  • Don’t spam. Don’t distribute  unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material, or any  junk mail, spam, or chain letters. Don’t run mail lists, listservs, or  any kind of auto-responder or spam on or through the Site.
  • Don’t harm anyone’s computer. Don’t distribute software viruses, or anything else (code, films,  programs) designed to interfere with the proper function of any  software, hardware, or equipment on the Site (whether it belongs to Lite  Tuition or another party).
  • Don’t abuse other users’ personal information. When you use Lite Tuition — and especially if you create a successful  campaign — you may receive information about other users, including  things like their names, email addresses, and postal addresses. This  information is provided for the purpose of participating in a Lite  Tuition campaign: don’t use it for other purposes, and don’t abuse it.

We  also need to make sure that the Site is secure and our systems function  properly. So don’t do any of these things — most of which boil down to  “don’t mess with our system.”


  • Don’t try to interfere with the proper workings of the Services.
  • Don’t bypass any measures we’ve put in place to secure the Services.
  • Don’t  try to damage or get unauthorized access to any system, data, password,  or other information, whether it belongs to Lite Tuition or another  party.
  • Don’t take any action that imposes an unreasonable load  on our infrastructure, or on our third-party providers. (We reserve the  right to determine what’s reasonable.)
  • Don’t use any kind of software or device (whether it’s manual or automated) to “crawl” or “spider” any part of the Site.
  • Don’t  take apart or reverse engineer any aspect of Lite Tuition in an effort  to access things like source code, underlying ideas, or algorithms.


4. How Campaigns Work

Most  of our Terms of Service explain your relationship with Lite Tuition.  This section is different — it explains the relationship between students and backers of Lite Tuition campaigns, and who’s responsible for what. This is what  you’re agreeing to when you create or back a Lite Tuition campaign.

Lite  Tuition provides a funding platform for tuition campaigns. When a  student posts their campaign on Lite Tuition, they’re inviting other  people to support their tuition with them.

Lite Tuition is not a  part of the student’s school/tuition — the support is directly between  students and their backers. Here are the terms that govern that  agreement:

When a campaign is successfully funded, the student must complete the campaign and update their schooling status. Once a student has done so, they’ve satisfied their obligation to their backers.

Throughout  the process, students owe their backers a high standard of effort,  honest communication, and a dedication to fulfilling their tuition  needs. At the same time, backers must understand that when they back a  campaign, they’re helping to support their academic growth. There may be  changes or delays, and there’s a chance something could happen that  prevents the student from being able to start classes as promised.

If  a student is unable to complete their campaign goal, they’ve failed to  live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. To right this, they  must make every reasonable effort to find another way of fulfilling  their tuition needs to the best possible conclusion for backers. A  student in this position has only remedied the situation and met their  obligations to backers if:


  • they post an update  that explains what progress has been done and what prevents them from  finishing the tuition campaign as planned;
  • they work diligently  and in good faith to bring the campaign to the best possible conclusion  in a timeframe that’s communicated to backers;
  • made every reasonable effort to complete the campaign as promised;
  • they’ve been honest, and have made no material misrepresentations in their communication to backers; and

The  student is solely responsible for fulfilling the promises made in their  campaign. If they’re unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement,  they may be subject to legal action by backers.


5. How Funding Works

This  section goes over the details of backing and creating campaigns —  things like how money gets collected, whether contributions can be  changed or canceled, and how students can contact backers to provide  insight.

These are the terms that apply when you’re backing a campaign:


  • You’re charged even if the campaign does not reach its fundraising goal. You’ll provide your payment information when you contribution and  charged upon completing your contribution. The exact amount you  contributed is the amount Lite Tuition will collect.
  • In some cases we’ll reserve the charge on your card. Lite Tuition and its payment partners may authorize or reserve a charge  on your credit card (or whatever payment method you use) for any amount  up to the full contribution, at any time between the contribution and  the collection of funds..
  • Contact us at support@litetuition.com if you receive a request for information that seems inappropriate or excessive.
  • Lite Tuition refunds. Responsibility for finishing a campaign lies entirely with the campaign  student. Lite Tuition cannot guarantee students’ academic success, but  will refund contributions, minus processing fees, if the student does  not enroll in school or provide their enrollment verification form.

These are the terms that apply when you’re creating a campaign:


  • You can refund individual contributions if you want. While  your campaign is active and running, you can request to cancel and  refund a backer’s contribution at any time. They will be refunded their  contribution minus processing fees.
  • We’ll charge our fees before disbursing funds to your school account. Lite Tuition and its payment partners will subtract fees before transmitting the proceeds of a campaign.
  • Some contributions can’t be collected, which might reduce the amount of funding you get. Because some payments can’t be collected — for instance, if a backer  disputes a contribution before funding ends, and they don’t provide  updated information — we can’t guarantee that the amount of funding you  receive will be exactly equal to the full amount contribution minus  fees.
  • We’ll help resolve payment-card disputes. If a backer of your campaign disputes the charge with their card  issuer, we’ll handle re-presenting the charge to settle the dispute with  the card issuer. You’ll be notified that a dispute has been filed, and  you’ll be able to provide evidence to help us resolve it in your favor.  If the cardholder’s dispute is found valid, you authorize us to withhold  the funds from your campaign contributions.
  • Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Don’t assume you’ll be able to launch your campaign when you want;  there could be a reason we’re not able to accept it, or a problem that  takes time to resolve. Don’t assume you’ll be able to immediately  collect your funding; there may be a delay between the end of a  successful campaign and the delivery of funds. And don’t take any  actions in reliance on collecting any of the money contribution until  you see the funds enter your school account.
  • Proof of Enrollment Required or contributions will be refunded. You  will have up to 30 days from the close of your campaign to submit your  Enrollment Verification form. If it is not received no later than 30  days after your campaign has closed, then the campaigns funds will be  refunded to backers minus processing fees.


6. Stuff We Don’t Do and Aren’t Responsible For

We don’t oversee campaigns’ performance, and we don’t mediate disputes between users.

Lite  Tuition isn’t liable for any damages or losses related to your use of  the Services. We don’t become involved in disputes between users, or  between users and any third party relating to the use of the Services.  We don’t oversee the performance or punctuality of campaigns, and we  don’t endorse any content users submit to the Site. When you use the  Services, you release Lite Tuition from claims, damages, and demands of  every kind — known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or  undisclosed — arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and  the Services. All content you access through the Services is at your own  risk. You’re solely responsible for any resulting damage or loss to any  party.


7. Our Fees

The platform is free for students to use. Lite Tuition charges 5% of the funds contributed by supporters for each campaign, in addition to any fees from our payments partners.

Creating  an account on Lite Tuition is free. If you create a campaign that is  successfully funded, we (and our payment partners) collect fees. Our  partners’ fees may vary slightly based on your location.

We  will not collect any fees without giving you a chance to review and  accept them. If our fees ever change, we’ll announce that on our Site.  Some funds contributed by backers are collected by payment providers.  Each payment provider is its own company, and Lite Tuition isn’t  responsible for its performance.


8. Other Websites

If you follow a link to another website, what happens there is between you and them — not us.

Lite  Tuition may contain links to other websites. (For instance, campaign  pages, user profiles, and comments may link to other sites.) When you  access third-party websites, you do so at your own risk. We don’t  control or endorse those sites.

Lite Tuition partners with other  companies for payment processing. When you back or create a campaign,  you’re also agreeing to the payment processor’s terms of service.


9. Your Intellectual Property

We  don’t own the stuff you post on Lite Tuition. But when you post it,  you’re giving us permission to use or copy it however we need in order  to run the site, or show people what’s happening on it. (We generally  just use this to promote campaigns and showcase our community on the  website.) You’re responsible for the content you post, and you’re  vouching to us that it’s all okay to use.

Lite Tuition doesn’t own  content you submit to us (your “Content”). But we do need certain  licenses from you in order to perform our Services. When you submit a  campaign for review, or launch a campaign, you agree to these terms:


  • We can use the content you’ve submitted. You grant to us, and others acting on our behalf, the worldwide,  non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable,  transferable right to use, exercise, commercialize, and exploit the  copyright, publicity, trademark, and database rights with respect to  your Content.
  • When we use the content, we can make changes, like editing or translating it. You grant us the right to edit, modify, reformat, excerpt, delete, or translate any of your Content.
  • You won’t submit stuff you don’t hold the copyright for (unless you have permission). Your Content will not contain third-party copyrighted material, or  material that is subject to other third-party proprietary rights, unless  you have permission from the rightful owner of the material, or you are  otherwise legally entitled to post the material (and to grant Lite  Tuition all the license rights outlined here).
  • Any royalties or licensing on your Content are your responsibility. You will pay all royalties and other amounts owed to any person or  entity based on your Content, or on Lite Tuition’s hosting of that  Content.
  • You promise that if we use your Content, we’re not violating anyone’s rights or copyrights. If Lite Tuition or its users exploit or make use of your submission in  the ways contemplated in this agreement, you promise that this will not  infringe or violate the rights of any third party, including (without  limitation) any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract  rights, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.
  • You’re responsible for the stuff you post. All information submitted to the Site, whether publicly posted or  privately transmitted, is the sole responsibility of the person from  whom that content originated.
  • We’re not responsible for mistakes in your content. Lite Tuition will not be liable for any errors or omissions in any content.


10. Lite Tuition’s Intellectual Property

The  content on Lite Tuition is protected in various ways. You do have the  right to use it for certain personal purposes, but you can’t use it for  anything commercial without getting permission first.

Lite  Tuition’s Services are legally protected in various ways, including  copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, and other  rights and laws. You agree to respect all copyright and other legal  notices, information, and restrictions contained in any content accessed  through the Site. You also agree not to change, translate, or otherwise  create derivative works of the Service.

Lite Tuition grants you a  license to reproduce content from the Services for personal use only.  This license covers both Lite Tuition’s own protected content and  user-generated content on the Site. (This license is worldwide,  non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, and non-transferable.) If you want to  use, reproduce, modify, distribute, or store any of this content for a  commercial purpose, you need prior written permission from Lite Tuition  or the relevant copyright holder. A “commercial purpose” means you  intend to use, sell, license, rent, or otherwise exploit content for  commercial use, in any way.


11. How We Deal with Copyright Issues

We  comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. To learn more about  how we deal with claims of copyright infringement, read our Copyright Policy.

The  Digital Millennium Copyright Act lays out a system of legal  requirements for dealing with allegations of copyright infringement.  Lite Tuition complies with the DMCA, and we respond to notices of  alleged infringement if they comply with the law and the requirements  set forth in our Copyright Policy. We reserve the right to delete or  disable content alleged to be infringing, and to terminate accounts for  repeat infringers. (We do this when appropriate and at our sole  discretion.)

If you’d like to submit a claim of copyright infringement, please visit our Copyright Policy. Our designated agent for notice of alleged copyright infringement is:

Lite Tuition
Attn: Copyright Agent
P.O. Box 995
Mount Clemens, MI 48046


12. Deleting Your Account

You  can delete your account at any time. Deleting your account won’t  automatically make some content you’ve already posted go away.

You  can terminate your account at any time through your account settings.  We may retain certain information as required by law or as necessary for  our legitimate business purposes. All provisions of this agreement  survive termination of an account, including our rights regarding any  content you’ve already submitted to the Site. (For instance, if you’ve  launched a campaign, deleting your account will not automatically remove  the campaign from the Site.) You can contact us at support@litetuition.com for additional information or to request campaign page deletion (this is not available in all circumstances).


13. Our Rights

To  operate, we need to be able to maintain control over what happens on  our website. So in this section, we reserve the right to make decisions  to protect the health and integrity of our system. We don’t take these  powers lightly, and we only use them when we absolutely have to.

Lite Tuition reserves these rights:


  • We can make changes to the Lite Tuition Site and Services without notice or liability.
  • We  have the right to decide who’s eligible to use Lite Tuition. We can  cancel accounts or decline to offer our Services. (Especially if you’re  abusing them.) We can change our eligibility criteria at any time. If  these things are prohibited by law where you live, then we revoke your  right to use Lite Tuition in that jurisdiction.
  • We have the right to cancel any contribution to any campaign, at any time and for any reason.
  • We have the right to reject, cancel, interrupt, remove, or suspend any campaign at any time and for any reason.

Lite  Tuition is not liable for any damages as a result of any of these  actions, and it is our policy not to comment on the reasons for any such  action.


14. Warranty Disclaimer

We work  hard to provide you with great services, but we can’t guarantee  everything will always work perfectly. This site is presented as-is,  without warranties.

You use our Services solely at your own risk. They are provided to you “as is” and “as available” and without warranty of any kind, express or implied.



15. Indemnification

If you do something on Lite Tuition that winds up getting us sued, you have to help defend us.

If  you do something that gets us sued, or break any of the promises you  make in this agreement, you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us  harmless from all liabilities, claims, and expenses (including  reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal costs) that arise from or  relate to your use or misuse of Lite Tuition. We reserve the right to  assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject  to this indemnification clause, in which case you agree that you’ll  cooperate and help us in asserting any defenses.


16. Limitation of Liability

If something bad happens as a result of your using Lite Tuition, we’re not liable (beyond a small amount).

To  the fullest extent permitted by law, in no event will Lite Tuition, its  directors, employees, partners, suppliers, or content providers be  liable for any indirect, incidental, punitive, consequential, special,  or exemplary damages of any kind, including but not limited to damages  (i) resulting from your access to, use of, or inability to access or use  the Services; (ii) for any lost profits, data loss, or cost of  procurement or substitute goods or services; or (iii) for any conduct of  content of any third party on the Site. In no event shall Lite  Tuition’s liability for direct damages be in excess of (in the  aggregate) one hundred U.S. dollars ($100.00).


17. Dispute Resolution and Governing Law

We’re located in Michigan, and any disputes with us have to be handled in Michigan under Michigan State law.

We  at Lite Tuition encourage you to contact us if you’re having an issue,  before resorting to the courts. In the unfortunate situation where legal  action does arise, these Terms (and all other rules, policies, or  guidelines incorporated by reference) will be governed by and construed  in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan and the United  States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law, and  without application of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act  or the United Nations Convention of Controls for International Sale of  Goods. You agree that Lite Tuition and its Services are deemed a passive  website that does not give rise to jurisdiction over Lite Tuition or  its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, assigns, employees, agents,  directors, officers, or shareholders, either specific or general, in any  jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan. You agree that any  action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms, or  your use or non-use of Lite Tuition, shall be filed only in the state  or federal courts located in Macomb County in the State of Michigan, and  you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of these  courts for the purposes of litigating any such action. You hereby  irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any  dispute, action, or proceeding.


18. The Rest

These  are our official terms and our rules for how things work. (So if you  ever see confusing or conflicting information about any of this stuff,  just check these terms — they’re the last word.) Thanks so much for  reading them, and for using Lite Tuition!

These Terms and the  other material referenced in them are the entire agreement between you  and Lite Tuition with respect to the Services. They supersede all other  communications and proposals (whether oral, written, or electronic)  between you and Lite Tuition with respect to the Services and govern our  future relationship. If any provision of these Terms is found to be  invalid under the law, that provision will be limited or eliminated to  the minimum extent necessary so that the Terms otherwise will remain in  full force and effect and enforceable. The failure of either you or Lite  Tuition to exercise any right provided for in these Terms in any way  won’t be deemed a waiver of any other rights.

These Terms are  personal to you. You can’t assign them, transfer them, or sublicense  them unless you get Lite Tuition’s prior written consent. Lite Tuition  has the right to assign, transfer, or delegate any of its rights and  obligations under these Terms without your consent. Lite Tuition will  provide you notice via email, written notice, or by conspicuously  posting the notice on our Site.

These updated terms will go into  effect on September 01, 2021, at 12 a.m. Eastern Time, and apply to all  campaigns launched on Lite Tuition on or after that date.