Insurance Coverage at College: A Parent’s Guide

A parent’s guide to insurance coverage for your college student. 

Insurance coverage for college: 101

This is the time of year I often receive questions about the coverages needed to protect students who are away at school. These requests are common for parents sending their children off to college for the first time.

Moving into a dorm or apartment, buying a new computer or furniture, taking a vehicle to school – all of these big events have insurance implications. Make sure your son or daughter is protected before they head off to school with this overview of insurance coverage at college.

Courts have long determined that a dependent child away at school is still legally a resident of their parents’ household. In fact, with the policy contracts used by many insurance companies, there are situations where no additional coverage needs to be purchased.

So what coverages apply to your student while they are away at college?

First and foremost, they are protected by the Personal Liability section of your homeowner’s policy for bodily injury or property damage they cause. However, it’s important to note that intentional acts are not covered. Your son or daughter will be facing new responsibilities and exposures, so it’s a great time to consider purchasing a Personal Umbrella policy to provide an extra layer of liability protection for your family.

 As far as all the gear that will be moved into the dorm room, coverage for personal property is available up to an amount that is equal to 10 percent of the personal property coverage limit on the parents’ policy. Personal property includes things like clothing, small furniture and appliances, and electronics. Of course, the policy deductible would apply in the event of a property loss, such as theft of personal property.

Electronics, such as a laptop or tablet, may be one of the greatest concerns. Some insurance carriers allow these items to be listed separately on the homeowners policy so that a deductible would not apply to a loss. However, I often discourage this type of coverage on most of these items as I think it’s prudent for policyholders to self-insure smaller losses. Small losses may be looked upon unfavorably by insurance companies, may increase the premium at renewal time, or could even result in coverage being discontinued when combined with other losses.

In some cases, the student (or parents) may sign a lease for an off-campus apartment. While it’s possible that coverage may still be available by way of the parents’ policy, this is often a good opportunity to equip the student with their ownrenter’s insurance policy to ensure that there’s no coverage question. 

Last, but not least, you may need to add an apartment building owner to a renters policy. Occasionally a landlord will require the renter to carry insurance coverage – particularly liability coverage. In these instances, the landlord can be added to the policy as an Additional Interest. This allows the building owner/landlord to be listed on the policy declarations and to be notified in the event that the renters insurance cancels. The Additional Interest endorsement does not provide any coverage to the landlord.

I hope that this summary is helpful to families that will be heading to campus this fall. 

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Post authored by Dave Stefanowicz. Originally published July 29, 2014. View original post at: Products underwritten by Central Mutual Insurance Company and affiliated companies. Copyright © 2016 Central Mutual Insurance Company. All rights reserved.

Finding time to give back to New Hampshire

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What’s your reason to give back to New Hampshire?


When we help others, we often feel intrinsically satisfied. A 2008 study by Harvard Business School professor, Michael Norton, found that giving money to someone else lifted participants’ happiness more than spending it on themselves. Maybe that happy feeling is what brought you here today, to learn about ways to give back to New Hampshire.

At Davis & Towle, we’re deeply rooted in our community. We provide our services to help the area’s businesses and individuals. By the same token, we rely on their trust and continued support to stay in business. So all year long, we take advantage of opportunities to give back to New Hampshire.

Giving back is easy if it fits nicely into your lifestyle. While grand acts of kindness are nice, you can have an ongoing impact if you find opportunities that dovetail your lifestyle. Follow along with this article to identify feasible ways you can give back to New Hampshire throughout the year.

Starting your search.

There are countless organizations in New Hampshire that deserve help and support, and countless resources to help you determine which one is best for you. For the purpose of this article, we are going to use volunteer NH’s database of organizations, opportunities, and events. Their impressive collection of information on the NH non-profit landscape is as comprehensive as it is user-friendly.

To begin, review some important causes that impact our community.  Are any of them relevant to your interests/hobbies? Values? Personal Goals?

Arts & Culture


Basic Needs

Addiction & Recovery

Community Health


Animal Advocacy


Once you find a cause that’s relevant to your life…

Decide how you would like to give back.

The goal is to create a convenient, feasible plan to periodically give back to New Hampshire. Make sure you consider your schedule, personal obligations, and financial situation as you decide how to give back. On the whole, you should pursue opportunities that won’t interfere with other responsibilities in your life. Keeping these factors in mind, decide what you will give back to New Hampshire:

– Your time (volunteering)
– Financial support or goods (donating)


Volunteer your expertise:

If you are going the volunteering route, allow this question to guide you: What skills can you offer?

Think of things like hobbies and professional training as resources that you can offer. Donate your expertise to support the cause you’re  interested in.

Example: You are a craft enthusiast, interested in the wellness of community members. How can you offer your craft skills to contribute to community wellness?
– Call the volunteer coordinator at an area hospital and offer to make tray favors to place on each patient’s dinner tray for an upcoming holiday. It makes patients SO happy.

Volunteer your time:

Alternatively, you can make a difference by volunteering easily transferable skills. Things like planning, fundraising, supervision, record keeping and physical labor are needed for the functioning of many organizations.

Brainstorm some community events, venues, and services that are relevant to the issue you’re interested in. They could likely use someone with a general skill set, and some spare time to help them meet their operational needs.

Dig around until you find contact information for the committee, or coordinator and reach out to them.


Donating money:

Now that you’ve found a cause, you can search for an organization of like interest. Explore various outlets to donate to by searching Volunteer NH’s database.  Search their directory of organizations, and filter the search by your chosen cause.

Spend some time getting to know the players until you find an organization that makes you want to be part of their success. Use the contact information provided in their profile and request information on donation needs. 


Another great method to easily show your support through donations is AmazonSmile. We recently stumbled upon this mechanism for giving back. By shopping on, you will have the EXACT same Amazon experience except products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” (of which there are millions) will send money to your designated charity, upon purchase.

As of right now, there are 1,500 some-odd NH charities you can support using amazon smile. 

Donating Goods:

There’s always a soup kitchen, food pantry, clinic or shelter that needs help providing basic living necessities to our neighbors in need. Unlike the other options we’ve discussed, we think it makes sense to simply donate goods based on the immediate needs of the area.

This list, The Concord Insider’s “Guide to Gifts and Giving”, provides information (including deadlines) on the current donation needs of various local organizations. We can make a difference in New Hampshire if we all routinely take stock of excess in our lives, and spread the abundance areas that are deficient.

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It’s important to recognize the work being done around us that benefits the greater good. For this reason, we extend an ovation to our employees for their admirable effort to give back to New Hampshire. Amidst the chaos of the holidays, the Davis & Towle team found time to purchase enough winter apparel to fill a four-foot box. The new clothes were donated to the Salvation Army of Concord; Ultimately helping them answer the calls for help coming from our community.

Here’s to individuals and organizations everywhere who make an effort in the name of altruism. We thank you for seeing  (in spite of the eggnog, sugar plum fairies, and holiday distractions) that we are not here for ourselves alone. In other words,

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill 

Happy holidays, everyone.

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