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

Posted by GradGuard on Sep 29, 2017 9:03:04 AM

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, placing a recycling bin next to a garbage can - enables a choice when one may not have previously existed.  There was no choice to recycle without including the alternative for students to choose to recycle instead of just putting something into the trash. 

This small example demonstrates the importance of decision design and a recent webinar hosted by Professional Development Group illustrates how thoughtful decision design within student financial services can benefit both institutions and the students they serve.

Learn how schools are evaluating the decisions that students and their families are required to make.  Schools are adopting easy to implement approaches to help students make informed decisions - such as FERPA notification, refund policy disclosures and programs such as health and tuition insurance programs.

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Another example - "Look Right" - is familiar to visitors in London.  Without such a simple reminder, the safety of American visitors to London could be compromised.  Decision design - it works and can be easily implemented to improve outcomes for your institution. Learn more today.

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Topics: Best Practices by Colleges, Tuition Insurance, College Life Protected, college refunds,

Webinar - Transparency - Helping Students and Families Take Informed Action

Posted by GradGuard on Sep 18, 2017 11:12:15 PM

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 the timely topic of transparency.

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Topics: Best Practices by Colleges, Tuition Insurance, College Life Protected, college refunds,

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

Posted by GradGuard on Jun 27, 2017 11:53:21 PM

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 in‐state tuition and fee and room and board charges for 2016-17 are $20,090 and for out of state students, total charges are $35,370. The average published total charges at private nonprofit four-year institutions are $45,370, according to the College Board’s 2016 Trends in College Pricing. In total, more than 20 million students and their families invest an estimated $500 billion annually in tuition, academic fees, student housing and related expenses.

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Topics: Tuition Insurance, tuition refund insurance, tuition refunds, college renters insurance, renters insurance, Press, Press Releases, college parents, College Life Protected

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. 

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

Taking Tuition Insurance to the Next Level

Posted by John Fees on May 5, 2017 4:33:21 PM

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 partnership, schools and families have access to world-class service and valuable protections offered through our Tuition Protection Plan

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Topics: College Life Protected, Tuition Insurance, tuition refund insurance, Tuition Protection Plan

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

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

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 Protection Plan, tuition refunds, naspa, nacubo,, Higher Education

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

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: Press, Tuition Insurance, student health

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Insights on student risk

GradGuard for Higher Education examines how unexpected losses can affect student success, bringing you the latest in best practices and trends for safety on and off campus.

Here you'll learn more about:

  • Risks on and off campus
  • How schools are using benefits programs to protect and attract students
  • Effects of loss on student outcomes

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