Snowball Terms of Service
Last Updated 9/3/2020
Welcome to the Snowball Wealth community! We’re excited to provide all sorts of free tools and insight to help you better understand your student loans and feel more empowered by your finances.
When you use Snowball Wealth, you enter into a legal agreement, which is what you see below. While we’ve tried to make this agreement as clear as possible, it still contains a fair bit of legalese, out of necessity.
We’re always happy to hear from you if you have any questions or suggestions. You can contact us at [email protected] or by U.S. mail at Snowball Wealth, Inc. 139 North Eldorado Street, San Mateo, CA 94401.
Our Terms of Service
- Our Services
- Your Snowball Wealth Account
- Limitations and Restrictions on Use of Our Services
- Ownership and Infringement
- Contributing to Our Community
- Monitoring of Our Services and Disclosure for Administrative and Legal Reasons
- Limitation of Liability
- Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
- Deactivation and Termination
1. Our Services
When we refer to our “Services,” we mean all products and services owned and operated by Snowball Wealth, Inc. or any of its affiliated companies (collectively, “Snowball Wealth,” “we,” or “us”), including the content, features, tools, data, software and functions made available by Snowball Wealth through www.snowballwealth.com, our mobile applications, and other websites or applications we operate, unless those websites or applications have posted separate or additional terms of service. As of the effective date of these terms, our Services include the following key features:
Through the Services, Snowball Wealth monitors and analyzes your student loans and other financial accounts, and based upon analytics, the Services provide you with automatically generated recommendations as to actions you can take regarding your financial situation.
We reserve the right in our sole and absolute discretion to make changes to how we operate and provide our Services, including adding new services, modifying existing services, or suspending, discontinuing, or terminating your access to any or all portions of our Services. Some of our Services are subject to additional terms and conditions (“Additional Terms”), which are posted separately from these terms but are incorporated and form a part of the Agreement if you decide to use or access those features. If there is a conflict between applicable Additional Terms and these terms, the Additional Terms will control.
2. Your Snowball Wealth Account
2.1 General Requirements
You will need to register for a Snowball Wealth account to access many aspects of our Services, like your free student loan summary and personalized offers for products and services from our partners. Registering for a user account is optional, but if you do not register for an account, you will not be able to access certain aspects of our Services.
By registering for a Snowball Wealth user account, you certify that:
- You are 18 years of age or older
- Any information you provide to us, both when you register and in the future, is and will be true, accurate, current and complete
- You are only registering an account for yourself
- You will keep all information up-to-date
You must not sell, transfer, or assign your account to anyone else. You must keep your password confidential, you must not share it and you may not allow anyone else to log into our Services as you. You are responsible for all activities that occur under your member account. If you believe that your account is no longer secure, notify us immediately by contacting us at [email protected]
2.2 Specific Registration Consents
3. Limitations and Restrictions on Use of Our Services
3.1 Analysis and Estimates
Any analysis and estimates we provide as part of our Services are for illustrative and informational purposes only. Our analysis and estimates are based on certain assumptions and use only the data we have. Our analysis and estimates are neither endorsed by, nor commissioned by, any of our partners. The methodology we use to determine which offers, analysis, or other information is presented or highlighted is proprietary and we may elect to consider, ignore, emphasize, or de-emphasize certain factors in our sole and absolute discretion.
3.2 Third Party Offers
With respect to offers from our partners, we do not guarantee that you will be presented with offers for any particular types of products or services or that you will meet the approval criteria for any particular offer. It is always your choice whether to apply for a product or service offered by our partners and we will never submit an application for a product or service to a partner on your behalf without your consent.
3.3 Educational Purposes
All information on our Services is presented for educational purposes only. Neither Snowball Wealth nor the Services are intended to provide legal or tax advice. We do not guarantee that the information we present as part of our Services, including student loan information, is the same information that may be used or reviewed by a third party to assess your eligibility for any particular product or service.
Information on our services may contain typographical errors or other errors, inaccuracies or deficiencies, and may not be complete, accurate or up to date. We reserve the right to correct any error, deficiency, omission or inaccuracy in our services at any time, but we do not guarantee that any such errors, deficiencies, omissions or inaccuracies will be corrected.
3.4 Not a Legal or Professional Advisor
Snowball Wealth is not a student loan counselor, broker, bank, tax advisor, or financial or legal advisor as defined under federal or state law. Use of our Services is not a replacement for personal, professional advice or assistance regarding your finances. Your personal financial situation is unique, and therefore any information and/or recommendations obtained through the Services may not be appropriate for your own situation. Accordingly, before making any final decisions or implementing any financial strategy, you should consider obtaining additional information and advice from your accountant or other financial advisors who are fully aware of your individual circumstances.
3.5 Territorial Restrictions
We control and operate our Services from the United States and we make no representations or warranties that the information, products, or services provided through our Services, or our Content (defined below), are appropriate for access or use in other jurisdictions. You are not permitted to access or use our Services in any jurisdiction or country if it would be contrary to the law or regulation of that jurisdiction or if it would subject us to the laws of, or any registration requirement with, such jurisdiction. We reserve the right to limit the availability of our Services or the provision of any of our Content to any person, geographic area, or jurisdiction, at any time and in our sole and absolute discretion.
3.6 Compliance with Law
You must comply with all applicable laws and regulations when using our Services.
3.7 Links to or Connections with Third Party Sites or Applications
Our Services or communications to you may contain third party content or links to third party sites, applications or services (collectively, “Third Party Content”). Our Services may also include features that allow you to connect your Snowball Wealth account with accounts or services provided by third parties, such as accounts you maintain with financial institutions or social media platforms (collectively, “Third Party Services”). We do not control, maintain, or endorse the Third Party Content or Third Party Services, and we are not responsible or liable for any Third Party Content or Third Party Services, including any damages, losses, failures, or problems caused by, related to, or arising from Third Party Content or Third Party Services. Your interactions and business dealings with the providers of the Third Party Content or Third Party Services, including products or services offered by such third parties, are solely between you and the third party. You should review all of the relevant terms and conditions associated with Third Party Content or Third Party Services, including any privacy policies and terms of service. We are not responsible for any information that you agree to share with third parties in connection with Third Party Content or Third Party Services.
4. Ownership and Infringement
4.1 Our Content
All content and materials, including but not limited to images, text, visual interfaces, information, data, and computer code, provided by us through our Services (our “Content”) and all related intellectual property rights are the property of Snowball Wealth and/or its third-party licensors. Our Content is protected by U.S. and international intellectual property laws and treaties. You are permitted to use our Content only on our Services and you may not copy, modify, sell, reproduce, distribute, republish, display, post, create derivative or collective works from, or transmit in any form (including in-line linking or mirroring) our Content, in whole or in part, without our express prior written consent. You may not reverse engineer or reverse compile any of our Services or the technology used to operate our Services. Nothing in the Agreement or our Services grants you, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use our Content except as expressly stated in the Agreement.
4.2 Our Partners’ Intellectual Property
Our Services may also display certain intellectual property, such as company, product, and service name and logos, that is owned by our partners (our “Partners’ Intellectual Property"). Nothing in the Agreement or our Services grants you, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to copy, modify, sell, reproduce, distribute, republish, display, post, create derivative works from or transmit in any form (including in-line linking or mirroring) any of our Partners’ Intellectual Property.
4.3 Infringement of Rights
You may not use our Services in any manner that infringes the rights of any third party. If you believe, in good faith, that any of our Content or Community Content infringes your copyrights, you may send a notice of infringement (“Notice”) under the federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) by email or regular mail to:
Attention: Copyright Agent, Legal Department
Snowball Wealth, Inc.
139 North Eldorado Street
San Mateo, CA 94401
To find out more about what you must include in the Notice and about the procedures we will follow, click here to read the DMCA.
Snowball Wealth reserves the right to block or otherwise prohibit in our sole discretion any individual who repeatedly posts materials that are alleged to infringe the intellectual property rights of others.
5. Contributing to Our Community
5.1 Our Community Rules
We encourage you to use our Services to interact with other consumers and Snowball Wealth users. We may provide you and others with the opportunity on our Services (through forums, blogs, message boards, review pages, and similar features) to submit, post, and publish certain content and materials, including messages, reviews, photos, video, images, data, and text (“Community Content”). You must abide by our community rules when publishing, uploading, or submitting your Community Content.
5.2 License to Your Community Content
By submitting, posting, or publishing your Community Content on or through our Services, you grant to Snowball Wealth a non-exclusive, unrestricted, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licenseable, royalty-free license to publish, host, store, transfer, distribute, modify, create derivative and collective works from, reproduce, display, perform, transmit, process, or otherwise use, in any manner and for any purpose, and in all forms or distribution methods now known or later developed, your Community Content, in whole or in part, to provide, optimize, improve, and promote or market our Services, and to create new products and services. This license includes the right to use your name, persona, user name, and likeness without compensating you. This license also includes the right to publish your Community Content in a searchable format that may be accessed by other users of our Services. You also grant to other users of our Services a non-exclusive license to access and use your Community Content in connection with our Services.
5.3. Responsibility for Community Content
You are solely responsible for the Community Content that you submit, post, or publish via our Services. By submitting, posting, or publishing Community Content, you represent and warrant that (a) you are the creator and owner of the Community Content, or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to authorize us and other users to use your Community Content , and (b) your Community Content complies with our Community Rules.
5.4 License to Use Your Feedback
6. Monitoring of Our Services and Disclosure for Administrative and Legal Reasons
WE PROVIDE OUR SERVICES, OUR CONTENT, AND ALL CONTENT AND MATERIALS AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SERVICES “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. SNOWBALL WEALTH, ON BEHALF OF ITSELF, ITS AFFILIATES AND ITS LICENSORS, DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO OUR SERVICES, OUR CONTENT, OR THE COMMUNITY CONTENT, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, QUALITY, ACCURACY, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND ANY WARRANTY ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE OR TRADE.
NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM OUR SERVICES, OUR CONTENT, THE COMMUNITY CONTENT, OR OTHERWISE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SERVICES WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY REGARDING SNOWBALL WEALTH OR ANY OF OUR SERVICES THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS. YOU USE OUR SERVICES, AND USE, ACCESS, DOWNLOAD, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN OUR CONTENT, THE COMMUNITY CONTENT, OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SERVICES, AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK. YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ANY DAMAGE THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO OUR SERVICES, YOUR DEALINGS WITH ANY OTHER MEMBER OR THIRD PARTY, AND YOUR USE OF OUR CONTENT, THE COMMUNITY CONTENT, OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SERVICES. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING ANY COMPUTER SYSTEM OR MOBILE DEVICE USED IN CONNECTION WITH OUR SERVICES), OR THE LOSS OF DATA THAT MAY RESULT FROM THE USE OF OUR SERVICES OR THE USE OF ANY OF OUR CONTENT, THE COMMUNITY CONTENT OR OTHER CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SERVICES.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SNOWBALL WEALTH IS SOLELY AN INTERMEDIARY (I) BETWEEN YOU AND ANY INFORMATION PROVIDERS ACTUALLY SUPPLYING YOUR STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION AND OTHER INFORMATION; AND (II) BETWEEN YOU AND OUR PARTNERS WHOSE OFFERS WE PRESENT. SNOWBALL WEALTH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS IN OUR CONTENT OR OUR SERVICES, INCLUDING THE INACCURACY OR INCOMPLETENESS OF ANY SUCH STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION, OFFERS OR OTHER INFORMATION, TOOLS OR ANALYSES AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR SERVICES OR OUR CONTENT.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL AFFECT WARRANTIES WHICH ARE INCAPABLE OF EXCLUSION OR RESTRICTION UNDER APPLICABLE LAW.
8. Limitation of Liability
SNOWBALL WEALTH AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS, AND ANY OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EQUITY HOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, PARENT ENTITIES, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATED ENTITIES, REPRESENTATIVES, AGENTS AND LICENSORS (COLLECTIVELY, THE “SNOWBALL WEALTH PARTIES”) WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES (SUCH AS LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY WAY TO OUR SERVICES, OUR CONTENT OR THE COMMUNITY CONTENT.
EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY PROVIDED IN SECTION 10 (DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION) OR REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW (E.G., ANY NON-WAIVABLE RIGHTS OR REMEDIES), IN NO EVENT WILL THE TOTAL LIABILITY OF THE SNOWBALL WEALTH PARTIES TO YOU FOR ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF, OR ANY INABILITY TO USE ANY PORTION OF, OUR SERVICES, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, OR OTHERWISE, EXCEED IN THE AGGREGATE ONE HUNDRED UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($100.00).
IF ANY OF THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS ARE FOUND TO BE INVALID, THE SNOWBALL WEALTH PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, OR CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE WHATSOEVER SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
You will defend (if requested by any Snowball Wealth Party), indemnify, and hold harmless the Snowball Wealth Parties from and against any and all claims, losses, expenses, demands, or liabilities, including attorneys’ fees and costs, incurred by the Snowball Wealth Parties in connection with any claim by a third party arising out of or in any way related to: (1) your use of our Services, our Content or the Community Content; (2) your violation or alleged violation of the Agreement or your violation or alleged violation of any applicable law; (3) your infringement or alleged infringement of any intellectual property or other right of any other person or entity; or (4) any dispute between you and a third party, including any provider of Third Party Content. You must not settle any such claim or matter without the prior written consent of Snowball Wealth. The Snowball Wealth Parties reserve the right, at their own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter subject to indemnification by you, and you further agree that you will cooperate fully in the defense of any such claims.
10. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
In the interest of resolving disputes between you and Snowball Wealth in the most expedient and cost-effective manner, you and Snowball Wealth agree that every dispute arising in connection with the Agreement will be resolved by binding arbitration. You and us further agree that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) governs the interpretation and enforcement of this arbitration provision. Arbitration is less formal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. This agreement to arbitrate disputes includes all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation, or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether a claim arises during or after the termination of the Agreement. The arbitrator also has exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, or enforceability of this binding arbitration agreement.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT BY ENTERING INTO THE AGREEMENT, YOU AND SNOWBALL WEALTH ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION.
Despite the provisions of Section 10.1, you and us both agree that nothing in the Agreement will be deemed to waive, preclude or otherwise limit the right of either of us to: (a) bring an individual action in small claims court within its jurisdictional limits; (b) file a complaint with the applicable federal, state, or local agency if that action is available; © seek injunctive relief in a court of law in aid of arbitration; or (d) to file a suit in a court of law solely for injunctive relief to stop unauthorized use or abuse of our Services or address an intellectual property infringement claim.
Any arbitration between you and Snowball Wealth will be governed by the FAA, the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules”) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as modified by the Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting Snowball Wealth’s legal team at [email protected].
10.4 Notice and Process
A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other by certified mail (“Notice”). Snowball Wealth’s address for Notice is: Snowball Wealth, Inc. 139 North Eldorado Street, San Mateo, CA 94401, Attention: Legal Department. The Notice must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand”). You and Snowball Wealth agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if you and Snowball Wealth do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or us may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or Snowball Wealth must not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any. If, after finding in your favor in any respect on the merits of your claim, the arbitrator issues you an award that is greater than the value of Snowball Wealth’s last written settlement offer made before an arbitrator was selected, Snowball Wealth will pay you the amount awarded by the arbitrator or fifteen thousand United States dollars ($15,000), whichever is greater. The arbitration proceedings, including any exchanged materials, shall be confidential and you and Snowball Wealth agree to use reasonable efforts to streamline the proceedings, including discovery, consistent with the objectives of efficient dispute resolution.
If you commence arbitration in accordance with the Agreement, Snowball Wealth will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for more than $10,000, in which case the payment of any fees will be decided by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearing will take place at a location to be agreed upon in San Francisco, California, but if the claim is for $10,000 or less, or as otherwise required, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted: (a) solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator; (b) through a non-appearance based telephone hearing; or © by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules in the county (or parish) of your registered account address. If the arbitrator finds that either the substance of the claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In that case, you agree to reimburse Snowball Wealth for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator must issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within fourteen (14) days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.
10.6 No Class Actions
YOU AND SNOWBALL WEALTH AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR A CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING.
Further, unless both you and Snowball Wealth agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims or otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
If Snowball Wealth makes any future change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to Snowball Wealth’s address for Notice), you may reject the change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to Snowball Wealth’s address for Notice, in which case your account with Snowball Wealth will be immediately terminated but this arbitration provision, as in effect immediately prior to the amendments you reject, will survive.
If any provision of this Section 10 is unlawful, void, or unenforceable for any reason, then that provision will be given effect to the greatest extent possible and the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.
11. Deactivation and Termination
11.1 Termination of Agreement; Surviving Terms.
The Agreement is effective until your member account, if applicable, is deactivated by either you or Snowball Wealth and you discontinue all use of our Services. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any section of the Agreement that by its nature is intended to survive termination of the Agreement or your use or access to our Services or our Content will survive such termination.
11.2 Deactivating Your Member Account
If you decide you want to deactivate your account you can do so by contacting us at [email protected].
12.1 Governing Law
The Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of California, excluding conflicts of law provisions.
12.2 Entire Agreement
12.3 Changes to the Agreement
12.4 Waiver Only in Writing
Snowball Wealth’s failure to enforce any of its rights or act with respect to a breach by you or others of the Agreement does not constitute a waiver of any rights and will not limit Snowball Wealths rights with respect to that breach or any subsequent breaches. No waiver by Snowball Wealth of any of the provisions in the Agreement will be of any force or effect unless made in writing and signed by a duly authorized officer of Snowball Wealth.
Snowball Wealth may assign the Agreement to any party at any time without notice to you. You may not assign your rights under the Agreement, by operation of law or otherwise, without our consent.
If any provision of the Agreement is unlawful, void, or unenforceable for any reason, then that provision will be given effect to the greatest extent possible and the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect. Nothing in the Agreement shall affect any non-waivable statutory rights or remedies that apply to you.
The titles and annotations, including the “Summary” sections, contained in these terms are inserted only as a matter of convenience and have no legal or contractual effect. The Agreement will not be construed against Snowball Wealth because we drafted it.