THE DETAILS: The standard total word limit per single submission — whether one essay or several — is 1000 words (a fee may apply for longer submissions). Feedback preparation is billed by the hour, with a one-hour minimum. After initial review of submitted drafting, Hillside provides an estimate of feedback-preparation time (typical for a Common App essay draft is 1.5 hours). A deposit, which goes toward the feedback fee, secures the reservation. Hillside sends a deposit invoice once a feedback request is accepted by a coach and a submission date for student drafting is determined. The deposit will be refunded if the reservation is canceled 7 days or more before the agreed-upon submission date. If a submission date is reserved but Hillside receives no draft for review by midnight on that date, the deposit will be forfeited and the balance of an hour’s fee will be charged.