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Insurance Often Overlooked by New College Students

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- College students have so many things to take care of, something important often gets overlooked: insurance. The State Insurance Department says parents and students need to remember health, car, and renter's insurance before heading to college.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Move-in begins Friday for students at Missouri State and Drury.
 
College students have so many things to take care of, something important often gets overlooked: insurance. The State Insurance Department says parents and students need to remember health, car, and renter's insurance before heading to college.
 
"It's always a good idea because you never know what can happen," says Caitlin Shukwit, who is going to be a junior at MSU.
 
It's her first year living off campus and she says with everything going on, insurance isn't at the top of her mind.
 
"We're college kids. I already have meeting lined up. I'm taking 21 credit hours this semester. It's a busy, busy time."
 
"I still call my mom sometimes with questions," says Katrina Doyle, Caitlin's roommate. She's thankful she's still covered by her parents' insurance.
 
"Just in case anything happens, if the place burns down, or someone takes anything, if someone breaks in, we have that just as a back up so that we don't lose all of our stuff, it can be replaced."
 
"We have many conversations about double check your doors now. They have so many more things than we had," says Debbie Phillips. Her daughter Madeline moved in with Caitlin and Katrina Wednesday, and she's already made sure Madeline is covered.
 
"If anything happens wherever she is, she's taken care of."
 
Phillips says it's more important than ever to have insurance because these days kids have a lot more than she did.
 
"A lot more electronics. A lot more homey stuff, decorative stuff, when we went it was just throw everything together, find what you can, some people giving stuff away. Now everything is new. It's like the perfect room. It's just much different."
 
She says knowing her daughter is insured makes her feel more at ease when she's miles away, "100 percent!"
 
It might be a good idea to check with your insurance agent when you send your child off to school because rates might change depending on the city where they go to school. Oftentimes, students get discounts, too.
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