So you’ve kicked off your kid’s college career with a new laptop and some other expensive high-tech gadgets. Now it’s time to follow up to ensure his or her property is safe in the event of theft, fire or other mishap.
In general, protecting a student’s personal property boils down to a simple rule: If your child is living on campus and going to school full time, your homeowners, renters or condo insurance policy (including liability protection) will cover his or her gear. But if he or she moves off campus, your policy most likely won’t protect his or her assets. Ditto if your students starts taking fewer classes.
Kids who change their permanent home addresses on such legal documents as driver’s licenses or tax returns (say, to qualify for in-state tuition at a public university) are no longer considered official parts of your household. They’ll need their own renters insurance. Students who rent a shared apartment will need insurance, too, but be aware that they might have a tough time getting it. That’s because insurers might not sell a policy to a student unless everyone in the household has his or her own policy, too.
Congratulations if your college student left the car at home. You might have some savings coming to you. But to get it, your student’s school needs to be at least 100 miles away. If you meet this criterion, give your insurer a call. You’ll generally receive about 10 percent off your premium.
Did your child leave with the car? It is important to call your insurance broker and discuss your options. The insurance carrier could conceivably raise your rates if the vehicle’s moved to a different location.