GradGuard for Higher Education

Protecting International Students

Posted by John Fees on Jun 2, 2017 6:10:27 PM

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

Screenshot 2017-06-02 11.23.16.jpegThe Association of International Educators, (NAFSA) is the world’s largest association dedicated to international education and exchange, is hosting its annual meeting and EXPO in Los Angeles. 

With nearly one million international students attending American colleges and universities it is important to understand the risks facing this valuable population.  

Three forms of insurance are particularly important for international students to consider. Tuition insurance, renters insurance and student health insurance are each important to protecting international students while studying in the United States.

International student health insurance - international students are often required to purchase student health insurance.  Typically students can purchase an affordable plan through their college or university or if they prefer they can also purchase it directly through GradGuard.

Tuition Insurance - If an international student becomes ill, injured or is forced to withdraw from classes mid-term, colleges and universities most often will only refund only a pro-rated amount of tuition and fees. Current Refund Policy Bar Chart Clip.jpegAs a result, it is prudent for international students to become aware of the institutions refund policy and to consider purchasing tuition insurance.  

Tuition insurance is affordable and valuable protection but remember it must be purchased prior to the start of classes.
College Renters Insurance - Many international students are concerned about campus crime and safety.  Most are unprepared to replace a stolen computer or b

ackpack and many would benefit from the protection provided by renters insurance. 


 GradGuard's renters insurance program is ideal for internationl students in that it does not require a credit check and provides world-wide property coverage

For less than $.50 cents a day, international student can protect themselves from financial losses that they experience or are found responsible for. 

GradGuard works with schools to provide our insurance programs to protect all students, but we are particularly sensitive to the unique needs of international students.  We know from experience that our student benefits provide real value to all students and particularly international students who may face even greater financial risk due to the investment they are making to attending college in the United States.  In a small way, we hope that GradGuard can improve the satisfaction and success of international college students.




Topics: College Life Protected, Tuition Insurance, tuition refund insurance, Tuition Protection Plan, international, Best Practices by Colleges, college renters insurance, international students

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