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What would happen if your college student unexpectedly needs to withdraw from college?
By GradGuard on Aug 8, 2019

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Phoenix, Arizona, August 6, 2019 – Nationwide, college families are busy preparing to pay their final tuition bill before arriving on campus. Among the many questions families of college bound students are smart to ask is – What will happen to my tuition payment if my child must withdraw from college?

According to John Fees, co-founder of GradGuard™, a leading authority in helping students and their families protect their investment in higher education for over a decade, “The thousands of dollars students and families are paying for college are at risk. For many families, college is the 1st or 2nd largest investment in their financial plan. As a result, it is a smart move for anyone paying tuition to understand their school’s refund policy and to consider protecting their investment with tuition insurance.”

In fact, a survey of university bursars and health administrators confirmed the vast majority of colleges and universities (about 84%) do not provide a complete refund should a student withdraw after the first few weeks of school. Many universities may refund a portion of tuition through the first few weeks of school, but you can safely assume tuition will likely not be refunded after the 5th week of classes and academic fees are usually not eligible for a refund.

This risk can often surprise college parents. In fact, according to a 2018 College Parents of America survey, only 24% of parents surveyed indicated that the college refund policy was disclosed to them during the enrollment process.

Families are often aware that their college student may be vulnerable to the stress of college life. The National College Health Assessment produced by the American College Health Association demonstrates the frequency of incidents such as illnesses, accidents, and injuries that can require a student to complete a medical withdrawal. This data reveals a growth in chronic illnesses and rapid growth in serious mental health incidents during the past five years.

STUDENT HEALTH CONDITIONS IMPACT ON ACADEMICS Chronic, eating and injury 2019

Growth in Student Mental Health Conditions 2013-2018 Final

It is important for families to note that student health incidents force thousands of students to withdraw from classes annually without the ability to recover the thousands of dollars paid for classes and housing.

The Top Three Reasons GradGuard’s Tuition Insurance Is A Smart Decision:

● If the school does not provide a 100% refund – Do you know your school’s refund policy? A majority of school refund policies do not extend beyond the fifth week of school, and many don’t refund the full cost of tuition after the start of classes.

● If the student has more than $1,000 of academic expenses – Even if the school provides a 100% refund for tuition, most do not refund academic fees or student housing costs. Many tuition insurance plans provide coverage not only for tuition but also for expenses related to academic fees and student housing.

● If the student or family is taking out a student loan - Student (and parent) loans must be repaid even if a student must take a medical withdrawal. Tuition insurance can be used to repay the balance of these loans or help pay for the next term when the student is healthy enough to return to school.

“With so much money at stake, it is vital that families develop a plan in case their student has to withdraw from school due to a serious illness or injury,” said Mr. Fees. “No matter where a student attends college, families deserve the opportunity to protect their investment in higher education and nearly all students will benefit from securing a minimum level of coverage. Just remember tuition insurance must be purchased before school starts.”

The good news is that college families can protect their investment by purchasing tuition insurance through GradGuard, with rates starting as low as $33.75 for $2,500 of coverage per term.

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