If you’re helping one of your children go off to college for the first time, or return to college, our agency may be able to help you save some money and gain some extra protection.
Here are four things to consider about insurance when a child enters college:
1. Your homeowners insurance might extend to his or her belongings. Usually, the belongings of your child-turned-college-student will be covered by your homeowners insurance, but it’s best to be sure. If for some reason the coverage cannot be extended, consider purchasing renters insurance. Students who live off campus may not be covered by their parents’ homeowners policy and may need to purchase their own renters insurance policy.
2. You could get a discount on your auto insurance. Because you’ll have one less driver living at home when your son or daughter goes off to school, your household may get a discount — as long as they do not take a car along. If he or she does take a vehicle, talk to us; we can review your coverage to make sure your child is properly insured.
3. Student loans might call for extra protection. If student loans are involved, you might want to consider life insurance for your son or daughter.
4. Insurance can help in the most unexpected cases. Accidents happen — sometimes tragically. Extra liability coverage through a Personal Catastrophe Liability policy, commonly called a Personal Umbrella policy, will help protect you financially should a lawsuit ensue.
Most importantly, contact our agency so we know about any changes happening in your household. It’s always best to double check your specific situation and coverage needs.