GradGuard for Higher Education

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

Posted by John Fees on May 2, 2017 8:21:16 PM

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 our colleagues who work to promote greater student success.

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Topics: student health, tuition refund insurance, Tuition Insurance, Student Benefits

2017 Trends & Topics for Student Financial Services

Posted by John Fees on Apr 24, 2017 5:22:54 PM

                       
 

Over the years of working with more than 200 colleges and universities, we have learned that there are many higher education conferences that are valuable to attend to see colleauges and customers.  One of the most useful and relevant conferences is the Professional Development Group's annual Bursar conference.

This year's conference is near Jacksonville and features a terrific set of education panels and discussions.  Of particular note, is the time that PDG dedicates to discussing the trends that impact schools and also the work involved to share benchmarks and best practices among schools.  There is a sincere interest of everyone attending on reducing the costs of college for students and their families, helping students make informed decisions and promoting greater college completion.

As one example, is from the  The 2017 Survey on Student Withdawals & Refunds. This report reveals that nearly half of schools reporting an increase in student medical withdrawals and as a result more schools than ever are providing the opportunity for their students to protect themselves through tuition insurance. 

In addition to the focus on reducing costs, the conference includes a useful series of discussions on the importance of helping college students and their families make informed decisons.  Join industry veterans John Fees, co-founder of GradGuard, and Craig Lockwood the Managing Director of Tuition Management Systems as they lead a discussion on the timely topic of Decision Design and how student financial services professionals are "Helping Students and Families Take Informed Action".  

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Topics: Tuition Insurance, Best Practices by Colleges, Transparency, college completion, Bursars,

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

Posted by John Fees on Mar 19, 2017 1:12:48 PM

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 month, many of us spend the month traveling between valuable industry gatherings.  

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Topics: student health, Tuition Insurance, tuition refunds, Higher Education, nacubo,, Tuition Protection Plan, naspa

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

Posted by John Fees on Mar 13, 2017 6:05:00 AM

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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Topics: student health, tuition refund insurance, Tuition Insurance, tuition refunds, nacubo,, Tuition Protection Plan, naspa

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

Posted by John Fees on Feb 2, 2017 12:15:39 PM

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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Topics: student health, Press, Tuition Insurance

Reducing the Cost of Withdrawals

Posted by GradGuard on Nov 14, 2016 12:09:44 PM

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 depend on the funds that students pay in tuition and fees. Students and their families may suffer a financial loss as well as from the trauma of unexpected event such as an illness or injury that disrupts an academic term.

Our research indicates that very few schools provide 100% refunds to students who complete a withdrawal mid-term. Even when a hardship exists such as the death of a parent or substance abuse incident it is uncommon for colleges to provide 100% refunds.

As a result, we are pleased to announce that the GradGuard Tuition Protection Plan is now available to schools who are looking to provide refunds to students who have to withdraw from school due to a covered reason.  

The Tuition Protection Plan is offered only to school partners who enter into a non-exclusive participation agreement.  This agreement assures your students that they will receive the enhanced coverages schools expect (coverage for addiction, high risk activities or death of a student that lead to a student withdrawal) and a lower price.

Learn More about the Tuition Protection Plan

 

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Topics: student success, Student Life, student health, tuition refund insurance, Tuition Insurance, student risk, Transparency, tuition refunds

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

Posted by GradGuard on Sep 22, 2016 9:21:35 AM

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 experienced by the school and family.  

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Topics: tuition refund insurance, Tuition Insurance, Transparency, tuition refunds

NACUBO Annual Meeting - Ensuring Student Success

Posted by John Fees on Jul 25, 2016 3:35:24 PM

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Topics: student success, Tuition Insurance, Refund Policy, Higher Education Policy, Transparency, leadership, college completion, Disclosures, Higher Education, nacubo,

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

Posted by GradGuard on Jul 13, 2016 9:44:06 PM

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 experienced by the school and family.  

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Topics: tuition refund insurance, Tuition Insurance, tuition refunds

Growing Cost of Student Withdrawals

Posted by John Fees on Jun 9, 2016 12:10:36 AM

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 student withdrawals are a costly event for all involved. Institutions depend on the funds that students pay in tuition and fees.  Families and students are often not prepared to recover from the financial loss.

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Topics: student health, tuition refund insurance, College Life Protected, Tuition Insurance, tuition refunds

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