John Fees is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of GradGuard™. Fees is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received a bachelors of science degree in History and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School where he completed a Masters in Business Administration. John Fees lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is married to Melissa Soza Fees, Ph.D. and is the father of five children. He is the Treasurer for the Arizona College Success Arizona, a Director of College Parents of America, Founding Director and investor in Tonto Creek Camp which provides service leadership experiences to 8,000 students annually. He is also an active member of University Risk Management and Insurance Association and the Professional Insurance Marketers Association.
Today GradGuard is attending the American College Health Association's annual conference in Denver. It is a useful reminder of the thousands of dedicated professionals who address the health trends and education needs of students.
ACHA is an impressive gathering and noteworthy for publishing reliable research through the National College Health Assessment, showcasing best practices for addressing student health services and also advocating successful frameworks for supporting the wellbeing of college students to enable them to remain healthy while they seek to complete their college education.
This year is also important due to the growth in student medical withdrawals and the rapid growth in mental health conditions reported by college students.
Given this trend, it isn't a surprise that a Survey on Student Withdrawals & Refunds also revealed that nearly half of schools surveyed report an increase in student medical withdrawals.
GradGuard's Tuition Insurance Can Help
Student withdrawals are a costly event for all involved. Institutions depend on the funds that students pay in tuition and fees. Students and their families may suffer an unnecessary financial loss.
If your campus does not provide 100% refunds for medical withdrawals, we recommend college and university officials consider the following strategies.
- Verify that the institution's refund policy has been disclosed to each student and provide notice to each student of your refund policy.
- Confirm that your institution is HIPAA compliant and does not accept student medical information without securing a release.
- Provide each student the opportunity to protect themselves from the financial loss by providing a convenient method for students to enroll in GradGuard's Tuition Protection Plan.
About Us: GradGuard is an authority in protecting the investment in higher education. By protecting students and their families from risks from college life, GradGuard helps reduce the cost of college and promote greater student success. GradGuard’s modern tuition and renters insurance programs are valuable student benefits available through a network of more than 300 colleges and universities. Since 2009, GradGuard’s insurance programs have protected more than 650,000 students and families.