ollege, a single word that instills joy in every young adult’s mine. but before you hit the snooze for your first early morning class, take three minutes for our nuerom class: insurance coverages for college students.
1. Coverage from Parents’ Homeowner
This is one lesson you don’t want to miss. Your parents most likely have some sort of insurance for their home, right? The good news is, typically, a dependent child (that’s you) under the age of 24 is covered by his or her parents’ homeowner’s policy, so long as they are enrolled full-time in school and we’re a resident of the household before moving to attend school.
Your parents’ policy will extend certain coverages to you while you are away at school. For instance, if you hurt someone else, or damaged somebody’s personal property, your parents’ homeowners policy will extend coverage for bodily injury and property damage to others. But before you go setting off fireworks in principal office, take note that intentional acts are not covered.
2. Personal Umbrella Policy
As you can imagine, College comes with some additional risks, so you may want to consider a personal umbrella policy. This offers an additional amount of liability protection over what most standard coverage is offered and can help protect you against things like libel, slander, false arrest, false imprisonment, wrongful eviction, privacy rights violation, wrongful detention and even pay for defense costs should you be sued and found at fault for an accident.
3. Car Insurance for College Student
Are you taking your car to school? Do you plan on driving it for work? Will a roommate be driving the car often?
Check what coverages are in place and if there are any limitations on your policy.
If you plan on signing a lease for an apartment, you may want to consider renter’s insurance. This protects all your stuff from covered losses like fire and theft, even if you decide to travel abroad.
4. Scheduled Personal Property Endorsement
What about that new laptop you just purchased? If it were to be lost or stolen, your parents’ homeowners policy may cover a portion of the item, but oftentimes the maximum amount of reimbursement is limited. For extended coverage, you should consider a scheduled personal property endorsement on your parents’ homeowners policy.
5. Identify Fraud Protection
Often times, college students can be victims of identity fraud. Many students open first-time credit lines without guidance from their parents. Ask your parents to consider adding identity recovery coverage to their homeowner’s policy for enhanced protection.
That’s all I can tell you insurance coverage that may be needed for you in college. But, before we wrap up our lesson for today, pay attention to these few tips to help you live life on the slightly safer edge:
- Do-keep your dorm room or apartment locked at all times. If you have roommates, make sure they know this is important to you so they can follow the rule too.
- Don’t post your vacations or weekend getaways on social media, at least not until you return. Everyone likes to share their good news, but by doing so you’re letting potential thieves know your stuff is left unprotected.
- Do-remove dryer lint from the dryers before using them. You don’t want to be responsible for starting a fire!
- Don’t leave candles or incense unattended. This is a no-brainer but it actually happens more than you think.
- Do-plug your electronics and to surge protectors. This defends them against damaging power surges.
- Save your work often. When working on a computer, you should make a mental note to save your work often, just in case of power failures.
Before you wave goodbye to dear old mom and dad, it’s a good idea to give your independent agent a call to check what insurance policies are currently in place to protect you and your stuff. Be sure to ask if there are any gaps in coverage, and what additional protection you may need.
See, that wasn’t so bad! Go forth and enjoy your newfound freedom. Class dismissed.