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GradGuard Urges College Students and Families to Safeguard Their Investments in Higher Education

18 million college students and families are smart to evaluate the risks of college life.

PHOENIX (June 28, 2024): GradGuard, an authority on helping schools educate and protect students from the risks of college life, recommends that college students and their families evaluate their insurance options on National Insurance Awareness Day and protect themselves from potential financial risks.

According to the College Board, in 2023-24, the average published (sticker) tuition and fees for full-time undergraduate students are: Public four-year in-state tuition is $11,260, and Public four-year out-of-state tuition is $29,150, while Private nonprofit four-year institutions are $41,540.

“The cost of higher education creates financial risks that are often overlooked,” said John Fees, co-founder and CEO of GradGuard, the number one provider of tuition and renters insurance to college students in the nation.  “Given that paying for college is typically the second largest investment families make, it’s important for families to understand how to protect that investment.”

Students can mitigate the financial and academic risks they face by being aware of the potential pitfalls and taking proactive measures to protect themselves.

Tuition Insurance: If a student is forced to withdraw from college due to a serious illness, injury, or accident, they are unlikely to receive a full refund for tuition, housing, or other fees.  GradGuard’s Tuition Insurance can provide reimbursement for these expenses when schools do not, when a covered student withdraws from school for a covered reason such as mono, concussion, mental health condition, the death of a tuition payer, or loss of employment for the tuition payer, depending on the plan during the covered term*.

According to recent American College Health Association data:

• 1 in 4 students reported being affected by depression
• 1 in 3 students reported being affected by anxiety
• 1 in 2 students reported being affected by stress

Renters Insurance: Over 3 million students living in on-campus housing are likely unaware that their college or university is unlikely to replace stolen or damaged personal property.  According to Clery Act Reports, an average of over 24,000 crime and safety incidents have been reported annually on college campuses since 2009.

• 2,411 robberies were reported on average annually
• 1,840 fires were reported on average annually.
• 20,521 burglaries were reported on average annually.

Off-campus residents face similar risks. When schools, housing companies, or landlords can’t be relied upon to replace stolen or damaged property, renters insurance is a smart choice. GradGuard’s College Renters Insurance includes an exclusive student endorsement offering worldwide property coverage, liability protection, a low $100 deductible, and no credit check.

Health Insurance: Many colleges offer health insurance plans, requiring students to purchase coverage or opt out by showing proof of alternative insurance. While college health plans may be suitable for some, families are smart to confirm their current coverage fulfills school requirements and to avoid paying twice for coverage. Under federal law, young adults can remain on a parent’s plan until they turn 26.

Travel Insurance: For those students attending college more than 4 hours away from home or planning to study abroad, an annual travel insurance policy can be smart as it can provide financial protection against trip cancellations, medical emergencies, and even lost luggage that can disrupt an academic term.

Life Insurance: Families are often not prepared to pay for college in the event of a parent’s death or to pay for private student loans in the case of a student’s unexpected death. Life insurance is an important consideration for families and provides the resources essential to cover college costs, including tuition, housing, fees, and private student loans parents may have taken to pay for higher education.

Fees continued, “Take a moment before school begins to evaluate the risks facing your student and family and purchase the protection you may need to ensure you can overcome what might otherwise disrupt the path towards completing college.”

To learn more about GradGuard’s insurance plans, visit


About GradGuard:

GradGuard is the authority on helping schools educate and protect students from the risks of college life.  As the #1 provider of college tuition and renters insurance, GradGuard’s pioneering protections have served more than 1.7 million students at more than 1,900 unique institutions.

GradGuard’s national technology platform embeds its innovative insurance protections within the enrollment processes of nearly 600 institutions in the United States, helping schools increase college completion and reduce the cost of college by covering preventable financial losses.


Natalie Hubertus
Sr. Director, Marketing

*Terms, conditions, and exclusions (including for pre-existing conditions) apply. Plans only available to U.S. residents and may not be available in all jurisdictions. Insurance benefits are underwritten by Jefferson Insurance Company. Grad Guard, a service of Next Generation Insurance Group, LLC (NGI), is the licensed agent for all insurance programs. Plans include insurance benefits and assistance services. Non-insurance benefits/services, and claims administration, are provided by AGA Service Company.

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Sponsored by Experian, the Show Hopes to Provide Easy to Understand Financial Information

June 4, 2024, LOS ANGELES, CA – The Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship and its free to view digital channel Million Stories announces today the launch of The Finance Couch, an exciting new series that provides an opportunity to address financial concerns of college students and to explore their financial worries in a new way. Money topics can be complex, and college students are making financial decisions that will impact their lives.  It’s important for them to acquire this knowledge. The show provides an accessible entertaining way to provide this information.

The series is hosted by Wharton School of Business graduate and former Wall Street professional Ross Mac and Andini Makosinski, Inventor, Public Speaker, and host of Your World on Money, another show on Million Stories. In the series, important financial discussions are addressed with the college-aged guests joining the hosts on the finance couch in the middle of campus.  Exit interviews and content hosted by TikTok creator Peyton B. Walker round out each episode.  This show and many others can be found here:

Global data and technology company Experian sponsors The Finance Couch and returns to the Singleton Foundation family after sponsoring HeartBroke and Your World on Money, shows that are both featured on the Million Stories platform. The exclusive sponsorship is part of Experian’s  United for Financial Health initiative, which aims to empower and protect consumers to improve their financial health through education and action.

“Sometimes talking about money can be confusing and intimidating. One of Experian’s goals is to normalize conversations about financial topics, especially among young people. This approach shares information in a friendly atmosphere with peers to empower students to take steps towards financial wellness,” said Abigail Lovell, Chief Sustainability Officer for Experian.

“The Finance Couch allows us to tell financial stories our viewers find so useful on their path to financial competence,” said Shelley Miles, CEO of The Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship. “Money is complex. College students asking real questions on their own campus gives an exciting opportunity to ask questions and talk about money openly and see that they are not alone in not having all the answers. ”

The show debuts on on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

About the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship
The mission of The Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy & Entrepreneurship is to inspire entrepreneurship and to make financial competence fun, engaging and accessible to all. Our goal is to help give everyone the financial skills they need to better manage their lives and their businesses.

About Experian
Experian is a global data and technology company, powering opportunities for people and businesses around the world. We help to redefine lending practices, uncover and prevent fraud, simplify healthcare, deliver digital marketing solutions, and gain deeper insights into the automotive market, all using our unique combination of data, analytics and software. We also assist millions of people to realize their financial goals and help them to save time and money.

We operate across a range of markets, from financial services to healthcare, automotive, agrifinance, insurance, and many more industry segments.

We invest in talented people and new advanced technologies to unlock the power of data and innovate. As a FTSE 100 Index company listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN), we have a team of 22,500 people across 32 countries. Our corporate headquarters are in Dublin, Ireland. Learn more at

Media Contact
Jeff Hare /The Singleton Foundation
(818) 726-9238

Victoria Lim /Experian