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New Data-Driven Company Troove Engages Current Students and Alumni In the College Search Process

Predictive AI Technology Used to Successfully Match Applicants with Schools

An exciting new company called Troove has entered the higher education arena with the goal of making college search and admissions more efficient and accessible. Troove helps applicants find their ideal fit, in and out of the classroom, by engaging current college students and alumni in the search process for the first time.

“Today, we all rely on the digital experience of others in how we date, dine and decide what to binge watch next. Troove will use this same technology to match applicants with the schools where people who share their same priorities, values, and interests have already found the success they want,” said Troove founder David Hurwitt.

Troove believes that current students and graduates of a school are the best predictor of what it takes to be happy and successful. The data derived from their experiences define the unique characteristics of a school and allow prospective applicants to immediately understand the qualities and priorities they share.

The company’s methodology includes a series of questions that students answer about their learning and social culture preferences and priorities. This information is compared to data about every school in the country, as well as answers to the same questions provided by people currently in college and those who have graduated.

Troove rates compatibility by assigning either a Green (High), Yellow (Medium) or Red (Low) score. Green means their learning and social answers are a great fit. Yellow means one or both of their learning or social scores don’t fit very well, and Red means their answers don’t fit well. For each score, Troove will provide an explanation so students can dig further into any areas of concern and can then gather more information from their schools, family, friends, counselors and the internet. Troove’s objective is always to empower and support students with honest, direct and clear information. Maintaining the trust of students will always be the highest priority. Individual answers to questions are kept completely confidential and Troove only ever connects Green matches.

“The average college freshman today is twice as likely to drop out or transfer as they are to graduate on time from their first school,” Hurwitt points out. “We believe today’s best matching technologies can change this and help everyone find their people and their place right from the start.”

Troove’s mission is to change outcomes by focusing on the right fit and therefore increasing the chances of finishing college as opposed to just getting in, which is often the easier part. Hurwitt believes students will come to Troove for the best insights into major, career and school matches and schools for the deepest, most diverse pre-qualified selection of future graduates and opportunities to reach and engage alumni.

Visit www.troove.me for more information and to take the questionnaire.

Media Contact:
Karen Brennan
karen.brennan@zenogroup.com

StudentUniverse Teases Black Friday/Cyber Monday Student Travel Deals

StudentUniverse, the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth, prepares to launch their biggest flight discounts of the year, coming on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

StudentUniverse, the world’s leading travel booking site for students and youth, has announced today that Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 will offer their best flight and travel deals of the year.

Black Friday (November 26, 2021) and Cyber Monday (November 29, 2021) are traditionally StudentUniverse’s biggest discount days of the year. This year, StudentUniverse has announced they’re partnering with United Airlines, American Airlines, British Airlines, Finnair, Iberia Airlines, Dubai Tourism, Korea Tourism and Qatar Airways to offer steep discounts and deals for student travelers.

StudentUniverse offers year-round discounts on flights, hotels and more, with most flights on StudentUniverse discounted up to 30% off for students. Travelers can take advantage of student-exclusive discounts by signing up with an .edu email address.

This year on Black Friday, students will be able to find extra steep discounts on all United Airlines flights, including last-minute holiday flights. Both domestic and international flights will be on sale. On Cyber Monday, students can expect to find extra discounts on ALL domestic flights and flights to or from the US. There will also be additional discounts on flights to featured destinations, such as India, Dubai, Korea and more. Cyber Monday partners American Airlines, British Airlines, Finnair and Iberia Airlines will also have additional discounts on their routes.

“Travel has been so difficult for much of the last two years,” Steven de Blois, Manager Director of StudentUniverse says, “especially for students—the pandemic has halted their college experiences, cancelled study abroad programs and eliminated many opportunities for work or internships abroad. Now that the world is opening up again, we are working hard to provide discounts to make sure as many students as possible can take advantage of the benefits and lessons international travel has to offer.”

Students can get early access to Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales by signing up on StudentUniverse.com. In addition, all students who sign up for early access will also be automatically entered to win a $500 promo code off their flights.

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Launched in 2000, StudentUniverse is a Boston-based company that operates the world’s largest student and youth travel marketplace. Through negotiations with a network of global partners, StudentUniverse offers exclusive pricing and terms for its members.

With operations in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and the Philippines, StudentUniverse empowers students and youth to travel more. Acquired in 2015, StudentUniverse is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Flight Centre Travel Group, one of the world’s largest travel companies. For more updates, follow us on LinkedIn.

Media Contact
Rachel Bicha
rachel.bicha@studentuniverse.com

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi to Install Chapter 356 at Florida Gulf Coast University

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will install its 356th chapter at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida, today, Nov. 8, 2021. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society recognizing academic excellence.

The installation of the Florida Gulf Coast chapter comes after a thorough petitioning process, site visit and approval from the Society’s board of directors. To be eligible, an institution must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society.

“The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to welcome Florida Gulf Coast University to its community of scholars. The academic leadership at FGCU is enthusiastic about the value a chapter will bring to their campus and is committed to its success. We look forward to initiating their first round of students this spring,” said acting Society Executive Director Traci Navarre.

Officers elected by the chartering group to serve the newly installed chapter include President Dr. Minh Nguyen, President-Elect Dr. Senthil Balaji Girimurugan, Treasurer Dr. Jan-Martijn Meij, Secretary Dr. Linda Colding, Awards and Grants Officer Dr. Terumi Rafferty-Osaki and Public Relations and Marketing Officer Jen Jordan.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 when Marcus L. Urann had a desire to create a different kind of honor society—one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 325 select campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines and inducts approximately 25,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

Media Contact
Alyssa Papa
Communications Director
apapa@phikappaphi.org
(225) 923-7777

OVER 2 MILLION SNAPCHATTERS EXPLORE RUN FOR OFFICE WITH NEW CIVIC TOOL

October 26, 2021 [NEW YORK] – Within the first month of launching its new civic tool, Snapchat’s Run for Office Mini feature saw over 2 million Snapchatters in the United States explore opportunities to run for elected office in their local communities.

Snapchat’s in-app Run for Office program, featured on NBC’s TODAY Show, aims to bring more young people into the extensive candidate recruitment and training programs. Contrary to popular narratives, we know Gen Z aren’t just performative about social causes — in the 2020 election, this generation voted at historic levels, in large part because they wanted to make a difference in their local communities.

Despite this historic level of youth civic engagement in recent elections, younger generations remain underrepresented in local, state, and federal government. Given Snapchat’s reach – 90% among 13-24 year olds in the U.S – Snapchat’s new tool helps normalize the conversation around running for office among future leaders.

“I dare to say that Generation Z is the most involved politically and 100 percent ready generation to create change,” said Trinity Sanders, a high school student from upstate New York who plans to run for U.S. Senate after attending college and law school. “I think we are to the point where we are ready to run. Once we become of age, we’ll be the first ones in office.”

More than 50,000 users have used the in-app feature to nominate a friend or have sent the Run for Office mini to a friend since it’s launch on October 5, 2021. Snapchatters across the U.S. have expressed Civil Rights, Education, Environment, Healthcare and Jobs as the top five issues they care about. With roughly 70% of races in 2020 having gone uncontested, Snapchat’s new civic tool provides education and resources about critical, upcoming races and ways Snapchatters can join the conversation.

“One of the things that I love about the youngest generation of voters, especially when it comes to running for office, being politically engaged, making their voices heard, is that they’re not asking for permission, that they are just doing it,” said A’Shanti Gholar of Emerge, a group working to elect Democratic women.

“We hope launching the ‘Run for Office’ mini changes the idea of who can be in office — that no matter who you are, where you come from, that you can make a difference in your local community by running for office based on the issues they care most about,’ said Sofia Gross, Head of Policy Partnerships and Social Impact. “As a platform where young people come to chat with their closest friends, Snapchat has an important role to play in normalizing the conversation around pursuing elected office. We view this as a long term investment in the next generation of American leadership, starting at the local level. We want to help shape a more reflective and equitable democracy for all Americans, and that includes the Snapchat Generation — we can’t wait to see all they will do.”

For more information, visit https://newsroom.snap.com/run-for-office/ or contact caitlin@rokksolutions.com.

Teens Demand More Resources for Their Mental Health; DoSomething.org and The Allstate Foundation Launch New Campaign to Empower Youth

‘It’s (Not) All in Your Head’ program developed by DoSomething members will provide tools to help students with pandemic-related trauma and shine a spotlight on the importance of mental health support for students in schools

NEW YORK, October 22, 2021 – DoSomething.org, the largest organization exclusively for young people and social change, announced a new program, “It’s (Not) All in Your Head,” today with The Allstate Foundation. This program created by young people for young people through a virtual hackathon will provide youth with opportunities to explore diverse and youth-friendly mental health resources and activate them to advocate for additional funding for mental health resources in their schools and communities.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Allstate Foundation again to educate youth about the importance of owning their mental health,” said DeNora Getachew, CEO of DoSomething.org. “Young people have been clear about the need for additional mental health resources to help them navigate this disrupted time. We are excited to elevate this youth-created program to provide diverse resources to ensure that students who have experienced pandemic-related trauma have the support they need to thrive in schools.”

In high schools, counselors who serve students of color predominantly must serve 34 more students each year than a counselor who serves fewer students of color. At least 27 states are shortchanging students of color, students from low-income families, or both (The Education Trust, 2019). Coinciding with World Mental Health Day – which is on October 10th – this program lets students take the lead in highlighting the importance of providing diverse mental health resources. Students and schools will share materials that directly address racial inequities for students of color accessible via a QR Code, text, or a URL embedded in the flyer. Students will also be provided materials to encourage them to advocate for mental health in their schools and districts.

“Youth are the leaders of tomorrow, and their wellbeing is our priority. We are dedicated to empowering them with the skills and resources to be compassionate leaders in society and amongst their peers,” said Laura Freveletti, Senior Program Officer for The Allstate Foundation. “We are so proud to partner with DoSomething and the inspiring young people who created this campaign to increase access to mental health resources in schools and to help young people lead the change they want to see in their communities.”

This partnership results from a recent hackathon that aimed to challenge young people to solve various societal issues, including mental health.

“I’m really grateful for the chance to participate in this hackathon and to have the opportunity to put my team’s mental health initiative into action. Slowly mental health is being talked about more and it’s important to have both short-term and long-term solutions to reinforce these conversations,” said hackathon team member Madeleine Yu-Phelps. “Mental health issues can manifest in a number of ways particularly in school, and so by having a direct way to seek help, a small ripple effect in bettering mental health support and education is already being made.”

One out of every four adolescents suffers from mental health issues – ranging from anxiety to depression (Prothero, 2020). Many of these same students report being more likely to ask for help if their school provides mental health services. Through this partnership, DoSomething and The Allstate Foundation are equipping youth with the resources they need to own their mental health and activating them to advocate for equitable mental health access short- and long-term.

Learn more at www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/its-not-all-in-your-head.

About DoSomething.org
DoSomething.org is the largest organization exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5 million young people (and counting!) to make positive change, online and off, in every US area code and in over 131 countries. When you join DoSomething.org, you join something bigger than yourself.

About The Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation advances equity so that everyone can thrive. The Foundation champions SEL and service-learning programs to empower youth to build the just, equitable and healthy world we all deserve. In partnership with nonprofit organizations, the Foundation creates a continuum of this programming to support youth in school, after school, at home, and in their communities.

Media Contact
Roni Marsh
Allison + PR
dosomething.org@allisonpr.com

DoSomething.org and National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Launch New Program to Educate Young People About Meningococcal Disease Prevention

“Complete What’s Missing” program raises awareness about medical misinformation online and the risk of meningococcal disease as students return to in-person classes

NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2021 – Misinformation about disease prevention and vaccines has run rampant during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has significantly impacted young people who often get most of their information through online sources. As students return to college campuses and in-person classes, it is imperative that they have access to reliable information about vaccine-preventable diseases that may impact their school communities – like meningococcal disease, which disproportionately affects college students living in residence halls. To help equip young people with reliable information, DoSomething.org and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) have launched the “Complete What’s Missing” program, which aims to educate young people about meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention through vaccination.

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness. Even with treatment, approximately 1 out of every 10 people who get meningococcal disease will die, and of those who survive, up to 20 percent will suffer serious and permanent complications including brain damage, kidney damage, hearing loss, and amputation of arms, legs, fingers, or toes.

Young people age 16-23 years have an increased risk of meningococcal disease, but they also have the power to take an active role in increasing vaccination rates. By educating their friends and family about the importance of vaccination against meningococcal disease and how to recognize medical misinformation online, young people can share the information necessary to own their healthcare choices.

“We launched the ‘Complete What’s Missing’ program just in time for high school and college students to return to campuses. COVID-19 isn’t the only disease that young people need to get vaccinated against to stay safe as they return to school this fall. And, with the spread of medical misinformation about vaccine-preventable diseases running rampant online, DoSomething can play a critical role in educating youth to identify false information and take ownership of their healthcare decisions,” said DeNora Getachew, CEO of DoSomething.org. “We are excited to work directly with NFID to provide factual information to promote healthier lives for young people so that they can thrive in their communities.”

Program participants can test their knowledge through the “Complete What’s Missing” quiz and will then receive a guide that explains how to spot medical misinformation, what young people should know about meningococcal disease and the two vaccines that can help protect against it (MenACWY and MenB).

“Educating young people on the importance of factual medical information is the key to helping them take action to lead healthy lives,” said NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD. “Because many young people are not fully vaccinated, this program aims to arm them with the tools they need to learn more about meningococcal disease and how to prevent it.”

After completing the program quiz and sharing the guide with a friend, participants under age 26 who upload proof in the form of a screenshot will be entered for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship. Three scholarships will be awarded before October 15, 2021. Additional details on DoSomething.org’s scholarships can be found here.

Young people can sign up for “Complete What’s Missing” by visiting DoSomething.org.

About DoSomething.org
DoSomething.org is the largest organization exclusively for young people and social change. We’re activating 5 million young people (and counting!) to make positive change, online and off, in every US area code and in over 131 countries. When you join DoSomething.org, you join something bigger than yourself.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Visit www.nfid.org for more information. Learn more about meningococcal disease at www.nfid.org/meningococcal.

Media Contact
Roni Marsh
dosomething.org@allisonpr.com

Make Life-Changing Impact and Gain Real-World Experience with Global Medical Brigades

University of Florida pre-med student Michael Saba will never forget that smile. The biology major was not on a first date, at a fraternity party or in a Gainesville bar, he was in Panama with Global Medical Brigades.

“We were in a remote area of the Darien region and hundreds of patients lined up to see the doctors and dentists we were shadowing,” Saba, a senior from Tampa, recalled. “Most days, we took vitals, helped with triage or screened patients.”

On that morning, Saba was helping dentists administer fluoride treatments to patients in the dental clinic. “There was this little boy – eight maybe nine years old,” Saba recalled. “At first, he was extremely nervous but after he received the fluoride treatment that completely changed.”

The boy began grinning from ear to ear. “He was so thankful and proud to show off his teeth,” Saba said. “He and his family traveled hours from their village to the clinic and waited even longer to see us, but no one complained. They were just grateful for something as simple as a fluoride treatment – something we all take for granted here in the states – that was an eye-opening moment for me.”

Saba is one of 83,000-plus students from 500-plus schools involved in Global Brigades, the largest student-funded humanitarian organization in the world. In its 18-year history, Global Brigades’ student participants have raised over $100 million in aid, which has provided 1.5 million patients with medical and dental treatment, established 106 community banks and installed 56 water systems, bringing clean, drinkable water to more than 32,000 people.

“Most students study some form of health care, engineering, law or business specialty area,” said Dr. Shital Vora, Global Brigades CEO and co-founder, who helped create the nonprofit as an undergrad at Marquette in 2003. “But we have students in almost every major, from colleges of all sizes, and even high schools participating alongside our teams in Ghana, Honduras, Greece, Panama, and Guatemala.”

Last spring, Vora and her leadership team made an organization-saving pivot to virtual programming in the face of COVID-19. Now, Zoom – instead of airplanes – whisks students to Latin America, West Africa and Greece in real time. The program – called TeleBrigades – continues to bring hope to residents of resource-limited communities, while providing students with hands-on leadership and career-building skills via virtual experiential learning.

“And the best part,” Vora said. “Students are immersed in these communities and make a true impact for people living in poverty while never leaving their laptop, classroom or dorm.”

Saba, who participated in person on a Brigade to Panama, as well as a virtual TeleBrigade to Greece, found both empowering. “When I went to Panama, it was all about interacting with patients and getting hands-on experiences, which I just couldn’t get here in the states,” Saba said. “With TeleBrigades, you get the opportunity to see through the doctor’s eyes and think through diagnosis and care in real time.”

The experience propelled Saba full circle as his family is from the Middle East. “Traveling in Lebanon as a young child I remember seeing Syrian refugees on the side of the road,” Saba recalled. “Now, through my TeleBrigade experience, I was able to help care for refugees in Global Brigades’ clinics in Greece without ever leaving Florida. That was powerful for me as some of the doctors I virtually shadowed and their patients spoke Arabic, which was the first language I ever heard growing up.”

Since Global Brigades’ pivot to virtual learning last May, more than 3,800 students from 160 schools have participated in the virtual poverty-eradication program.

“That’s what I love about Global Brigades,” concluded Saba. “Global Brigades makes such an impact in people’s lives, both those in-country who we treat and the students who participate. Being involved reassured me 100 percent that going into health and medicine is what I want to do, and I just couldn’t have gotten that experience through any other opportunity on- or off-campus.”

To get involved in the Global Brigades chapter on your campus or to create your own, click here.

About Global Brigades
Dedicated to community-led sustainability by igniting the largest student-funded social responsibility movement on the planet, Global Brigades empowers under-resourced communities in Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama to resolve their health and economic disparities through Medical Brigades, Dental Brigades, Public Health Brigades, Engineering Brigades, Water Brigades, Legal Empowerment Brigades and Business Brigades, which support community-owned banks and provide business consulting and investment capital to microenterprises.

Media Contact:
Mike Roach
Global Brigades PR Team
(312) 316-0771

University of Florida pre-med major Michael Saba (left front) takes a selfie with a fellow UF student and two children from Panama inside a makeshift dental clinic while in-country with Global Brigades.

Planner 5D Launches A Free Educational Version to Help Colleges Teach Art, Architecture & Engineering

Planner 5D, an easy-to-use 3D home design platform, has launched a free educational version that will help colleges teach interior design, architecture, and engineering. With Planner 5D teachers can set group assignments and design challenges for their classes. Any teacher anywhere in the world can apply and get up to 100 free educational licenses for their students.

Planner 5D introduces an interactive learning experience that can enhance any curriculum, and teach the importance of computer-based design and engineering tools. At the same time, teachers can encourage students to foster their creativity while learning basic design principles through color combinations, lighting effects, landscape design, visually appealing graphics, unique sketching, and more. Previously, Planner 5D was only available to colleges as a paid product but the demand it has received and the testimonials from the users pushed the team to make it free.

“We see a great future for the technology that we create and we want as many students as possible to have access to it”, Alexey Sheremetyev, Planner 5D co-founder and CPO, says. “Our goal is to help teachers encourage their students to develop creative and spatial thinking, problem-solving approach, and their unique artistic vision. We hope to make education a more immersive experience, where students can experiment and test their ideas in real-time”.

At the moment Planner 5D already helps more than 70 million users who have created over 300 million projects improving their living or working spaces, renovating their homes, and changing the look and feel of places they belong to. The educational version of Planner 5D provides virtually the full functionality of the app, including the immersive editor and the catalog of over 6 000 objects. Teachers can integrate the interior design software into project-based activities. Students complete their tasks and then share their work with the teachers who’d be able to see and assess these projects in their personal dashboard. Planner 5D is available on Google Chromebook, MacOS, Windows, iOS, and Android.

Planner 5D also launched an online interior design school which has helped 43,000 students master the fundamentals needed to design functional and ergonomic interiors.

About Planner 5D
Planner 5D is an easy-to-use home design platform, which allows anyone to create floor plans and interior designs in minutes without any specialist skills by using powerful AI, VR & AR technologies. Today Planner 5D helps more than 70 million users who have created over 300 million designs to renovate their homes, change interior designs, choose new furniture and decoration. Planner 5D is available on all platforms including Web, iOS, macOS, Android, and Windows 10. For more information please visit https://planner5d.com

Media Contact
Anna Pozniak
Planner 5D
anna@planner5d.com
(813) 373-1400

Phi Kappa Phi Accepting Applications for $100,000 Excellence in Innovation Award

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, is now accepting applications for its 2022 Excellence in Innovation Award. The deadline for interested institutions to apply for the $100,000 award is Dec. 15, 2021.

Awarded each biennium, the Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes one college or university for achievement in finding powerful substantive solutions to improve the lives of others and create systematic large-scale change. The recipient institution will receive $100,000 in tangible recognition of its best practice in response to the changes and challenges facing higher education in the 21st century.

“The Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award extends our mission to recognize and advance excellence in higher education by highlighting inventive and inspiring programs on college and university campuses across the country,” said Traci Navarre, the Society’s acting executive director.

The Excellence in Innovation Award, first awarded in 2016 is the Society’s only award for institutions. The Society gives more than $1 million each year to outstanding students and members through study abroad grants, graduate fellowships and funding for post-baccalaureate development.

The application period for colleges and universities to apply for the Excellence in Innovation Award is open until Dec. 15, 2021. For more information including award criteria, eligibility, and timeline details, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org/Innovation.

About Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Phi Kappa Phi inducts approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni annually. The Society has chapters on more than 325 select colleges and universities in the United States, its territories and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others.” For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

Media Contact
Alyssa Papa
Communications Director
apapa@phikappaphi.org
(225) 923-7777

GradGuard Launches New Website as College Risks Rise and Adoption of its Innovative Student Programs Soars

Improvements to member experience, performance, and brand identity enable college students and their families to protect their investment from the risks of college life.

Phoenix, AZ (September 15, 2021): GradGuard, one of the largest providers of student insurance programs in the country, is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website, gradguard.com. The new website, which is ADA and PCI compliant, comes as nearly 20 million college students and their families make one of the largest investments in their lives.

The expense of higher education is one of the largest investments many college families will ever make. 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. The average cost of tuition, fees, and room and board for a four-year private college was $50,770 in the 2020-21 school year, according to the College Board, which tracks trends in college pricing and student aid. At four-year, in-state public colleges, costs averaged $22,180.

While more than 425 colleges and universities rely on GradGuard’s modern insurance programs to protect their students from preventable financial losses, GradGuard.com is the only service of its kind with a college search engine that enables any student attending a four-year non-profit college or university in the United States to quickly protect their investment in higher education with its market leading tuition and renters insurance programs.

GradGuard’s newly relaunched site boosts member experience with simplified access to benefits, account status and easy to file claims reporting. The improved user experience makes it easier than ever for students and families to find ways to protect themselves, as well as manage their policies online.

“We have helped protect nearly 1 million college students and their families since our founding in 2009,” said John Fees, Co-Founder and Managing Director of GradGuard. “Students and their families likely lose more than $1 billion per year from the financial losses caused from medical withdrawals and property losses. GradGuard’s search tool and unique insurance programs makes it easier for families to find protection that will keep their students on track towards completing their college education.”

GradGuard’s homepage features a college search tool in the upper right corner. When clicked, the search bar appears at the top of the page.

More schools embrace GradGuard’s mission than ever before and recognize the value of offering relevant student benefit programs to their students that help them secure a refund for tuition, housing and fees, or help them replace a stolen or damaged computer when a school cannot.

For more than a decade, GradGuard has been an authority in protecting college families from preventable financial losses and works closely to embed its insurance programs within the student experience.

Among the risks:

• More than half of nearly 9,000 students surveyed experienced anxiety or depression, American College Health Association

• 1 in 4 students do not return for a second year of college, National Clearing House

• Only 6% of schools surveyed in 2019 report providing full refunds to students who are forced to withdraw for medical reasons; No schools report providing refunds for academic fees or housing, HigherEd Study

• Nearly 2,000 fires are reported annually in on-campus housing nationwide, Clery Act Campus Safety Reports

• More than 27,000 crimes happen on college campuses each year, Clery Act Campus Safety Reports

“From theft to a serious illness or injury, college students can be vulnerable to real financial losses that can disrupt their education,” said Fees. “When you consider the risks and with so much money at stake, the new GradGuard.com makes it easier than ever for college students and their families to protect their student and their investment they are making in higher education.”

About GradGuard
GradGuard is a technology-enabled pioneer in developing innovative protections designed to reduce the financial risks of college life. GradGuard is trusted by more than 425 colleges and universities and has protected nearly 1 million students and their families since its founding in 2009. For more insights on #collegelife follow @GradGuard on social media.

For more Information:
Natalie Tarangioli
Director of Marketing and Communications
ntarangioli@gradguard.com
480-485-6138