College Students – Insurance Brokers Group urges families to review insurance coverage before kids head to college
College Student’s new address may require changes to insurance policies
When checking off items for college, Insurance Brokers Group wants to remind students and parents not to forget insurance coverage.
Insurance needs and coverage may change when a student moves away to college university. Insurance Brokers Group offers these tips for families to make sure their students are properly covered when they’re off at school:
- Auto insurance: If your child is taking a car to college, check with your insurance agent about your coverage. The price and coverage of your policy may change based on the city and state where your child will live. In addition, ask whether your insurance company offers a good-student discount for maintaining a certain grade-point average.
- Homeowners and renters insurance: Ask your agent if your child’s possessions will be covered under your homeowners policy. Some homeowners policies cover a student’s possessions if they live in on-campus housing. If your student will be renting, consider purchasing renters insurance, which averages $8 to $21 per month, depending on the amount of coverage. Some renters wrongly believe their landlord’s insurance will cover their possessions in case of fire, storm damage or theft. Most landlords’ policies only cover the building, not tenants’ possessions. Renters insurance also covers tenants from liability for damage to the landlord’s property, such as a kitchen fire.
- Health insurance: Most young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance up to age 26, regardless of marital status, financial dependency, enrollment in school or residence. Students should take copies of their insurance cards and check their parents’ health insurance plans to know which physicians and hospitals are in their network while away at school.
Insurance Brokers Group also encourages college students, as well as all consumers, to complete a home inventory, which is an itemized checklist of all possessions. A home inventory can make the process of filing a claim much more efficient in the event of fire, storm damage or theft.
Students and parents with insurance questions can contact Insurance Brokers Group Hotline at 800-459-6060 or visit www.InsuranceBrokersGroup.com
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