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GRADGUARD IS AN AUTHORITY ON PROTECTING THE INVESTMENT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES MAKE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

We invite you to join us in advancing our mission to promote greater student success by mitigating the risks that may impact their investment in a higher education.

More than 300 colleges and universities trust GradGuard to protect their students and institutions through our exclusive tuition and renters insurance programs.

WE AIM TO SHARE INSIGHTS & BEST PRACTICES USED BY INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS

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We connect the dots between disparate data points & research studies.

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We showcase best practices and trends used to mitigate risks.

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We design solutions that benefit students and enable schools to protect and attract students.

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Press Releases

Leading on-campus renters insurance program now available for off-campus & private student housing.

Student Housing Operators looking to protect their property and increase profitability are smart to consider GradGuard’s off-campus renters insurance program. 

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Growing Collegiate InsurTech Platform Achieves Scale with 300th School Partner

When Bill Suneson and I co-founded GradGuard, we had a shared vision that we could reduce the risk of college by creating relevant insurance programs that were designed to benefit...

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Does your campus provide 100% refunds? If not, learn how GradGuard's tuition insurance can.

Every year, unexpected events happen that can often disrupt a student's education and when they do, GradGuard's tuition insurance program can help verify that each student has been given...

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Trends in On-Campus Safety & Fires

The end of 2018 proved once again that fires within student housing is a chronic and enduring problem. In fact, if 2018 was like prior years, when Clery Act data is finally tabulated it...

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New Career Opportunities at GradGuard

Are you interested in working with a mission driven company that is dedicated to colleges and universities as well as the students they serve?  We are currently hiring and offer exciting...

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Tuition Insurance

More Evidence - Adoption of Tuition Insurance by Schools Continues to Grow

2018 has been a milestone year for GradGuard.

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College Life Protected

2018 PDG Student Financial Services Conference Presentation

GradGuard is pleased to participate in a panel discussion at today's PDG Student Loan 2018 Conference.  John Fees, co-founder of GradGuard and Paige Lee from Allianz Global Assistance ...

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Campus Fires Continue - GradGuard can help.

In the past few weeks, campus fires in university residence halls have been reported at Mississippi State University, Duke University and University of Oakland. 

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Financial Literacy

Survey Finds Families Struggle to Navigate FAFSA; Financial Aid Officers are Parents' Top Pick for College Planning Advice

Since Bill Suneson and I founded GradGuard, we have always been focused on providing useful insights to the trends facing higher education. 

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2018 Campus Safety Magazine Article

This article appeared first in the August 2018 Campus Safety Magazine. New approaches to renters insurance programs are helping protect students and colleges from common risks, such as...

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Growth in campus fires and crimes confirm the value of renters insurance for college students.

Each year, our GradGuard team makes an effort to update key data regarding campus safety and crime.  We review Clery Act reports as well as other sources of data such as the FBI's...

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ACUHOI

The Top Five Reasons GradGuard Loves the ACUHO-I National Conference (in no particular order)

1. Great people and partnerships: Every year we get to spend time with good people, partners who have become friends, friends who have become partners and those who are just friends!...

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Testimonial - "Tuition Insurance Was Such A Lifesaver"

The best way to understand the value of GradGuard's tuition insurance to schools and college families is to hear from a customer who enrolled in the program.

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Introducing, The GradGuard Emerging Housing Professional Scholarship

GradGuard, an authority at designing and implementing student benefit programs that help institutions of higher education to attract and retain students, is pleased to announce the...

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84% of schools do not provide 100% refunds, but GradGuard's tuition insurance can.

Just a year ago, I was pleased to announce that schools and families now have access to world-class service and valuable protections offered exclusively through GradGuard's Tuition...

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College Life Protected

2018 PDG Bursars Conference Presentation - Decision Design & College Confidence

GradGuard was pleased to participate in a panel discussion at this week PDG Bursar 2018 Conference on the topic of The College Confidence Index and Transparency: Helping Students and...

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College Life Protected

College Confidence & More + Bursars 2018

There are several gatherings of higher education officials that I find to be filled with essential truths. 

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URMIA - The Case for Student Renters Insurance 

I shared this post recently with for the March edition of URMIA Insights - (University Risk Management and Insurance Association).  The message, however, is important for other leaders...

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2018 NACUBO SFS - Tuition Refunds & More

Today it was my pleasure to join Mike Reynolds of Auburn University to present at the annual NACUBO Student Financial Services conference.  It is always good to share the stage with a...

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Reducing the Cost of College Student Withdrawals 

If you are like many college and university officials, you are facing a growing number of student withdrawals.   Student withdrawals are a costly event for everyone. Institutions...

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Education Dive Webinar on Growing Confidence of Students & Families

The growth in medical events that can disrupt a students education is a concern for everyone committed to increasing college completion.  The data in the chart below demonstrates the...

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Helping to Reduce the Growing Cost of Student Withdrawals with GradGuard

GradGuard's mission is to help protect the investment student's and their families make in a higher education. We aim publish research and bring attention to trends of vital interests to...

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College Life Protected

"Look Right" - Helping Students and Families Take Informed Action Webinar

Have you ever noticed that in life - easy stuff get's done.  Making it easy for students to make good decisions is a cornerstone of a well-designed education experience.  For instance, p...

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College Life Protected

Webinar - Transparency - Helping Students and Families Take Informed Action

Please join Professional Development Group's education series for a webinar led by John Fees, co-founder of GradGuard and Craig Lockwood, of Tuition Management Systems as they discuss...

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Press Releases

New College Insurance Search Tool Makes It Easy for Parents to Protect Their Students and Investment

Paying for college can be a challenge but thanks to a new innovative college search tool providing valuable protection for your college student is easy as ever. The average published...

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Protecting International Students

This is a big week for professionals who serve international students. 

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Decision Design in Education - Make It Easy

Have you ever noticed that in life - easy stuff get's done.  Making it easy for students to make good decisions is a cornerstone of a well-designed education.  For instance, placing a...

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Do you provide 100% refunds?

If your institution does not provide 100% refunds to students then it is prudent to determine how your college or university can verify that the institution has disclosed its refund...

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Taking Tuition Insurance to the Next Level

We are very pleased to be working with Allianz Global Assistance to help take tuition insurance to the next level.  Very pleased to share this public announcement. Thanks to our...

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Student Health & Helping to Reduce the Growing Cost of Student Withdrawals with GradGuard Tuition Insurance

GradGuard's mission is to help protect the investment student's and their families make in a higher education. We aim publish research and bring attention to trends of vital interests to...

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2017 Trends & Topics for Student Financial Services

                          Over the years of working with more than 200 colleges and universities, we have learned that there are many higher education...

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2017 New & Improved - College Renters Insurance

I love the spring. The last day of March, however, brings the reality that Major League Baseball spring training is ending and the hot Arizona summer will soon be upon us.

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March Conference Season & Data That Leaders at NACUBO, NASPA and Ellucian can Agree On

March is a busy month for our higher education colleagues.  With the NACUBO Student Financial Services conference, NASPA's annual meeting and Ellucian Live occuring all during the same...

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45% of Schools Surveyed Report an Increase in Student Medical Withdrawals

The 2017 Survey on Student Withdawals & Refunds has revealed that nearly half of schools survyed report an increase in student medical withdrawals. 

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Press Releases

Student Housing Leader Joins GradGuard, an Authority at Designing and Implementing Student Benefits Programs

GradGuard, an authority at designing and implementing student benefit programs that help schools to attract and retain students, is pleased to announce that Wimer Alberto, Assistant...

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NPR Story on student Who did not complete her degree due to illness and is now defaulting on her student loan

National Public Radio published this story on student loan defaults and begins with a former student who did not complete their degree due to a medical illness.

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Managing Property Losses & Damages from Short Term Residents & Summer Programs

There continues to be a growing interest in how schools manage the risks associated with the management of summer camps & conferences.  This is a timely topic and one that GradGuard's...

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Reducing the Cost of Withdrawals

If you are like many college and university officials, you are facing a growing number of student withdrawals.   Student withdrawals are a costly event for everyone. Institutions...

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The Biggest Crisis in Higher Ed Isn't Student Debt, It's Students Who Don't Graduate

This is a follow-on to a LinkedIn post I created in 2014 and Titled: The Real Issue: Failing to Graduate is Costly. The statement remains even truer today. The National Center for...

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ACUHOI -  Business Operations Conference

It was wonderful to see so many colleagues last week attending the annual ACUHO-I Business Operations conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Arizona is home for many of our GradGuard team...

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Professional Development Group Webinar On Best Practices for Disclosing & Managing Tuition Refunds

Every year, unexpected events happen that can often disrupt a student's education...and when they do, GradGuard's Tuition Protection Plan can help pay for the potential financial loss...

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NACUBO Annual Meeting - Ensuring Student Success

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Do you wish you could provide 100% refunds for students?

Every year, unexpected events happen that can often disrupt a student's education...and when they do, GradGuard's tuition insurance can help pay for the potential financial loss...

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renters insurance

No Need for Hoverboards at ACUHO-I or on Campus

Our GradGuard team is looking forward to the annual ACUHO-I conference this week in Seattle.  The annual ACUHO-I meeting is the best gathering of leaders in student housing and residence...

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Growing Cost of Student Withdrawals

As colleges and universities conclude the Spring term and prepare for a new academic year, it is worthwhile to pause to evaluate the cost of student withdrawals on your campus. Clearly...

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Does your campus provide 100% refunds?

If your campus does not provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals, GradGuard recommends that your institution provide notice to each student of your refund policy and also provide...

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Helping Schools Protect Students

In our work with college and university officials we often hear two topics that are a great concern.  Officials are concerned about bad press regarding student crime and campus safety....

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Renters Insurance For Summer Program Residents

The ACUHOI community forum offers a robust place for housing professionals to discuss topics.  Today a discussion occured regarding institutional policies for summer programs.  Schools,...

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Insights from the 2016 NACUBO Student Financial Services Conference

This started as a simple post to share some insights from the 2016 NACUBO Student Financial Services Conference, held last week in Memphis, TN.

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Data: Increasing College Completion Rates

The National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ recently published state specific data regarding college completion rates.  The information is valuable to policy makers in general...

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Not to be Missed 2016 Conference Presentations

It is reassuring to find so many higher education officials focused on issues related to increasing college completion rates.

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Hoverboards & Everyday Risks on Campus

Two Thousand and sixteen has wasted no time in generating the first “Hot Button” issue for our higher education colleagues in on-campus housing and risk management:

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Student Life

Controversy & Campus Reports on Clery Data

Kelly Field wrote in the November 25, 2015 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education an important article (“How Much Can Campus-Crime Reports Tell Us About Sexual Assault?”) on what...

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Student Life

Renters Insurance Discussion within ACUHOI

It was great to see ACUHOI discussion regarding the value of renters insurance in their message boards / forums.  These are really useful discussions and it is great to see the variety...

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Student Risk Management

Twitter Voices for Higher Education & Safety

Twitter is a vibrant social media channel with colleagues in and around the college and university marketplace. Here are some of my favorite voices within organizations, companies and...

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Student Risk Management

FEMA Report: Campus Fire Fatalities 2000 - 2015

The United States Department of Fire Administration published a useful report titled "Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings" detailing the factors that are leading to...

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"Transfarency" by Southwest Airlines / Transparency for Students

Have you noticed a new strategic marketing campaign created by Southwest Airlines? If not, you can check the entire campaign on their website.

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Transparency is a Topic Larger than Texas

We recently attended Texas Buc$ - a conference of the student financial services staff and bursars throughout the great state of Texas.  GradGuard student benefit programs are available...

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Adopting a Preferred Renters Insurance Program

The College Board indicates that more than 1,237 institutions now guarantee student housing for all freshmen with many institutions requiring students to live on campus. This requirement...

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Do College Students Need Renters Insurance?

We are often asked by friends and family preparing to send their kids to college about student renters insurance.  This is not surprising since many news stories and insurance agents...

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The Cost of Medical Withdrawals

Though student medical withdrawals are infrequent, they appear to be a growing concern for institutions and the families they serve.  A 2015 survey of college officials estimated that...

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Tuition Refund Policy Disclosure Process

As students return to campus for the start of college, we like to remind our college and university partners to recommit to disclosing their refund policies to each student. A 2014...

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Tuition Payment Plan Protection

According to the NACUBO SFS report, as of 2013 95% of institutions surveyed offered tuition payment plans.  

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Utilizing Student Benefits to Attract, Retain, and Protect Students

Last week we delivered a show-case presentation with leaders in higher education enrollment management at the RuffaloNoelLevitz - 2015 National Conference on Student Recruitment,...

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College Life Protected

2015 RuffaloNoelLevitz - National Conference

We are pleased to be attending the RuffaloNoelLevitz - 2015 National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention in Boston next week.  From our experience, this...

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renters insurance

Trends & Best Practices in Implementing Renters Liability & Protection Programs

Requiring students to live on campus has many benefits, but it also creates an often unforeseen risk for students and their families. In fact, published research supports this...

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college life

Tell Us - What Do You Wish You Knew When You Were 20?

Over the past few years, GradGuard has often shared a terrific book by Tina Seelig, What I Wish I knew When I Was 20.  

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Financial Literacy

Impact of Student Financial Services Policies & Procedures Report by NACUBO

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) recently published the first update to its Student Financial Services Policies and Procedures Report since...

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student health

Common Practices in Managing College Tuition Refunds & Disclosures

We believe it is vital to understand the common practices of colleges and universities, which is why each year we seek to sponsor research on important topics of concern to both...

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Is Your Campus A "Mall" for Thieves?

In July 2014, The Arizona Republic published an article that described a local university as a "Mall for Theives". Considering recent studies, this seems to be true at many campuses...

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Is College Worth It

Is College Worth It?

Is College Worth It? This is the provocative question that Arizona State University President, Dr. Michael Crow, addressed during a recent community conversation. His thoughtful,...

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Who Pays for College When a Parent Dies?

There are many life events that can disrupt a student’s college education, but none more severe than the loss of a parent. Given the severity of such a disruption, it is startling how...

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Student Life

Dr. King's Lessons on Leadership

This weekend, I took the time to reread Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail that he composed on April 16, 1963. Dr. King's letter addressed themes of social justice...

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Consumer Protection

5 Essential Questions for Higher Ed in 2015

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Top 7 - Not to Be Missed 2014 Topics in Higher Education

2014 was filled with many experiences, events and articles have stayed with me and continue to make me think about challenges facing the U.S. education system. Here is a summary of...

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The Real Issue: Failing to Graduate Is Costly

David Leonhardt is the editor of Upshot at the New York Times and posted a useful article titled The Reality of Student Debt Is Different From the Clichés. It reminds me of the...

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Dynamic Distribution & Enrollment Platform

GradGuard built a dynamic technology platform that manages speciality insurance programs in the complex eco-system of higher education.

Easy to implement voluntary student benefit program

No cost to schools

Turnkey and tech enabled enrollment process

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GRADGUARD PROVIDES VALUABLE SCHOOL & STUDENT BENEFITS

GradGuard student benefit and insurance programs are designed to assist colleges in addressing essential activities to their mission. Since 2008, GradGuard’s insurance programs have protected more than 650,000 students and families.

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Recruitment: GradGuard benefits provide confidence to students and their families that the school is committed to providing relevant protections to what is often the 2nd largest investment in a families life.

Retention: GradGuard tuition and renters insurance products help students overcome unexpected financial losses due to medical events or property losses.

  • Our tuition insurance pays any remaining bills and helps the student afford to return to classes.
  • Our renters insurance pays for property losses and helps schools avoid an adversarial collections issue from students who are found liable for unintentional damages the cause.

Revenue: GradGuard's insurance programs pay for losses due to student medical withdrawals and property losses so the school does not have to.

Reputation: We enable schools to be completely transparent about institutional policies, refund polices and resident liability.

  • Our tuition insurance provides refunds when schools may not.
  • Our renters insurance replace stolen or damaged property when schools may not.
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Higher Education Expertise

GradGuard applies our knowledge of higher education, risk management and digital technology and to develop and distribute insurance and benefit programs that help schools attract and retain students. Acting as the exclusive collegiate market program manager with our selected underwriters, GradGuard executes all consumer marketing & enrollment processes.

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Schools who agree to provide GradGuard's digital enrollment process, provide greater value and protection to their students than is ordinarily available.

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Technology

GradGuard's advanced technology integrations with leading technology providers enable students to make an active choice to protect themselves within the billing, housing and student health waiver processes.

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Partnerships

GradGuard works with leading insurance brokers, student loan companies, enrollment consultants and other firms to support their strategic objectives.

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Innovative Student Benefits

GradGuard works closely with schools and partners to mitigate the unique risks facing institutions, students and families.

Student Health Plan: GradGuard continues to evaluate how to address the student health insurance needs of college students and new graduates. We continue to seek relevant solutions and aim to relaunch Student HealthPlan.com in the future.

Higher Education Loan Protection: GradGuard has deep knowledge of the student loan industry and aims to work with schools to attract students through a tuition guarantee that will pay the cost of student loans in the case a graduate is under-employed.

Tuition Continuity Plan: GradGuard has worked to create a student benefit that will enable students to pay for the entire cost of college in the unexpected death of a tuition payor / parent. The benefit is included within the cost of college, similar to how term life insurance is provided to employees.

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