Consumer Reports: Tuition and rental insurance may be worth it
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - It’s no secret that college costs a lot of money these days. All in all, the average is more than $27,000 a year for a state school and more than $55,000 for a private university, leaving some families to wonder if there’s any way to protect their money in case of emergency. Consumer Reports explains. It’s an investment totaling tens, sometimes hundreds, of thousands of dollars. What if something goes wrong?
Consumer Reports says there are two ways to protect some of that investment: tuition insurance and dorm insurance. For example, if your child experiences a major health issue and has to drop out midway through the semester, tuition insurance would refund you for the portion of the semester your child did not receive. That’s on top of what your kid’s school may refund you. So after checking the college’s refund policy, CR says to check the coverage terms to see what precise conditions are covered and what is needed. Generally, you’ll need to send medical records, such as a doctor’s letter, to the insurance company.
As for dorm insurance, coverage is usually affordable, and it’s something you might want to consider with all the expensive things teens have these days. Dorm insurance covers all the stuff that your kid may be taking with them to college. If something happens, it’s one way that you can get reimbursement for loss or damage. Although you may have some coverage for your kid through a homeowners policy, CR says dorm insurance or even renters insurance might be a cheaper option–a few hundred dollars a year–since deductibles are often higher with homeowners insurance.
When it comes to saving money while your kids are at college, CR suggests scaling back your auto insurance if your student doesn’t have a car there. Also, be sure to take advantage of tax breaks offered to parents of dependent students.
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