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Do College Students Need Renters Insurance or Does a Homeowners Policy Provide the Right Coverage?
Insurance is one way college students and their families can help protect their personal property from the risks of college life. GradGuard™ recommends that college families review their homeowner’s policies or consider renters insurance to protect the belongings students will be bringing to campus this fall.
Many families already have homeowner’s insurance, which can cover college students. Families should check their policies to see if there are limitations pertaining to their college students away at school. Many policies will cover full-time students living in residence halls, but may not extend to off-campus housing. Parents should also consider their deductible and whether it makes sense to file a claim against their homeowner’s policy, which can affect premiums.
Even if your family does have homeowner’s insurance, you should consider renters insurance as a practical approach to protecting your student from financial loss. With both personal property and liability coverage, “renters insurance (http://www.gradguard.com/
Renters insurance can also protect students if they are found liable for causing damage to a residence. “It’s not something you would necessarily think about when you’re excited to move in and start the semester, but just think about how easy it could be to inadvertently trigger the sprinkler system if you caused a small fire cooking in your kitchen,” adds Suneson. “That’s a lot of damage and a lot of money that your student would be responsible for. Without the proper coverage, the student may find himself with a hefty bill.”
The personal property and liability coverage renters insurance provides can help college families save money in the event of a loss. GradGuard offers a renters insurance plan with features well-suited to college students. With features like replacement cost, expanded protection for electronics, liability coverage and a low deductible, renters insurance from GradGuard is a plan that fits the needs of many college students.
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GradGuard is a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC (NGI). Founded by veteran collegiate, affinity and insurance marketing executives, NGI has established the nation's first comprehensive insurance and benefits solution specifically designed for the collegiate market. GradGuard.com aims to offer protection for college life. Its products include tuition refund insurance, renters insurance and medical insurance. For more information, visit http://www.gradguard.com or call 877-556-3984. Follow the company on Twitter @gradguard for life-stage risk news, information and product updates.
Page Updated Last on: Sep 06, 2013