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Insuring Your College Student

Sending a child off to college is a significant milestone that represents the culmination of years of planning and hard work. As you prepare for the start of the semester, you should consider how your insurance needs may change with your son or daughter away at school.

Protecting Your Student’s Belongings
Many homeowners policies consider a dorm room as an extension of your home,
so items your child keeps there may be covered to some extent. However, if your
child has expensive electronic equipment or furniture, you may want to consider
purchasing additional coverage.

If your child lives off campus, his or her possessions may not be covered by your
homeowners policy. In that case, you may want to consider renter’s insurance,
which costs as little as $15 per month. Renter’s insurance will cover possessions
in your child’s off-campus apartment or house as well as provide liability
coverage if anyone is injured in the residence.

Keeping Your Child Healthy While on Campus
Many students can stay on their parents’ health plans if they are full-time
students. However, restrictions vary greatly by state, and coverage could be
even more complicated if your child is attending an out-of-state school.
If you find your child doesn’t have coverage under your plan, you have a few
options. Most colleges have their own health plans, but some policies have high
deductibles and low coverage maximums. A few don’t offer any coverage for
conditions present before entering the school, so be sure to examine plans
carefully. Otherwise, you may want to consider an individual policy for your
child.

Changing Auto Coverage
If your child moves more than 100 miles away from your home to attend school
and doesn’t keep a vehicle there, your auto insurance premiums could decrease
by as much as 30 percent. Call us today at 479-452-4000, and see if you can save
money while still maintaining coverage for your child when he or she is at home.

Insurance Questions to Ask
Here are some important questions to ask when your child goes to college:
 Will my child’s belongings be covered if he or she lives in off-campus
housing?
 Do I have to change my auto policy if my child brings the car to school?
 If my child is an athlete, will he or she be covered under my family health plan if he or she is injured during a practice or game?

Disclaimer: This brochure is provided for informational purposes only. The information provided herein is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should it be construed as advice regarding coverage. Eligibility for coverage is not guaranteed and all coverages are limited to the terms and conditions contained in the applicable policy. © 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 Zywave, Inc. All rights reserved.