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Philanthropist Pays Off Student Loans for Grads. Who’ll Help Your Clients?
Morehouse College graduates received good news on their graduation day. Robert F. Smith, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, promised to pay off their student loan debt. For all 400 of them, that adds up to about $40 million.1
Unfortunately, the rest of the 44.7 million Americans with student loans probably won’t receive such a gift.
The statistics are sobering:
- 44.7 million Americans owe a collective $1.56 trillion.2
- 68% of seniors graduate with student loan debt.2
And for medical students, loan amounts can be staggering. The median loan amount for 2018 graduating medical students was $200,000.3
It’s clear that student loan debt can be a stressful burden for new graduates as they start their careers.
How You Can Help
Lessen your clients’ worries by adding the Student Loan Rider to Platinum Advantage. Not only will your clients still have an income if they're totally unable to work due to sickness or injury — they’ll also help shield themselves from the possibility of defaulting on their student loans.
Most non-medical applicants can choose a monthly student loan benefit as low as $100 and as high as $1,500. Physicians and dentists are eligible for up to a $2,500 monthly student loan benefit.
Here’s How It Works
The Student Loan Rider pays a monthly benefit, in addition to the basic monthly benefit, to reimburse student loan payments. An added bonus: applicants may qualify for this benefit on top of normal issue and participation limits.
Eligible Occupation Classes
5A, 5P, 4A, 4P, 4S, 3A, 3P or 3D
Applicant can choose 10 or 15 years, starting on the policy effective date
Minimum Student Loan Benefit
Maximum Student Loan Benefit
$2,500 for P/S/D occupation classes
$1,500 for non-medical occupations
Customize the Rider for Each Client
We designed Platinum Advantage so that you can tailor income protection to exactly what your unique client needs. The same is true for the Student Loan Rider.
With a choice of monthly benefit and rider coverage periods, you can make sure your clients apply for only what they need. For example, if an applicant has a total student loan debt obligation of $100,000 and pays approximately $1,000 a month, recommending a 10-year term may be the right choice.
Use the Student Loan Rider flyer to talk to recent graduates about how Platinum Advantage can help them handle student loan payments if they become unable to work due to sickness or injury.
1 Morehouse commencement speaker to pay off Class of 2019’s student loans, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 19, 2019.
2 Student Loan Debt Statistics In 2019: A $1.5 Trillion Crisis, Forbes.com, Feb. 25, 2019
3 Medical Student Education: Debt, Costs and Loan Repayment Fact Card 2018, accessed June 17, 2019.
Confidence and Compassion
A Note from Greg Ness, Chairman, President and CEO
At The Standard, we’ve been helping people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind since 1906. As the global health crisis continues to disrupt lives, communities and the economy, I am confident we’ll continue helping people when they need us the most. Our company has been through hard times and market volatility before and we will navigate through this challenge as well. As our customers face tremendous stress and uncertainty, we will continue providing support and stability to those who rely on our products and services.
This pandemic is tough on everyone. Our communities are hurting, our families and friends are distressed and some of our most vulnerable neighbors are at risk.
The crisis and the way we collectively respond to it will define a generation. We are rising to the challenge. I know every single employee at our company — along with staying focused on keeping our business running and serving our customers — is looking for ways to make a difference for those most affected by this pandemic. That’s proving true in businesses and homes across the community, the country and around the world.
Part of the tragedy of this disease is that even as we come together to help those most in need, the unique nature of COVID-19 is forcing us apart. We all understand the importance of —social distancing— to slow the spread, but we should remember that’s just physical distancing. I encourage you to find ways to safely connect with those in your neighborhood who may require extra help and with groups in your community that are making a difference and support them however you can. And now is the perfect time to reach out to friends and others and just check in.
To our health care providers, first responders and everyone selflessly setting aside their own fears and concerns to help others during this time — thank you hardly seems enough. These people are true heroes. This crisis reinforces how reliant we are on the many essential services we too often take for granted. We are grateful to so many for continuing to show up with focus and commitment.
We will get through this, especially if we are sustained by the examples of those who make us the proudest right now — family, friends, neighbors and colleagues working together — rather than allowing our fears to guide us. No matter how unsettled we may feel, remember we are not alone. There are so many people in this world trying their level best to help others. And I am certain we will get through this — together.
In times of crisis, we are defined by how we react. Let’s continue to be defined by compassion.
And to our customers, thank you for putting your trust in The Standard. What we sell is a promise to be there when you need us, and that promise is unwavering.
Be safe and well, and stay connected.
Jared's Story: Time for Family
Age: 36 - Occupation: pediatrician - Married, one child
How the Family Care Benefit provided the ability to care for a loved one
Jared's daughter was born with a heart defect. They visited multiple specialists to diagnose the condition and determine the appropriate treatment. Then his daughter underwent surgeries, hospital stays and months of follow-up appointments. Benefits from Jared’s Platinum Advantage policy helped make up for the income lost when Jared spent time away from work to attend physician appointments and to be with his daughter in the hospital and throughout her extended recovery — providing peace of mind during a trying time.
Supportive Office Equipment
Age: 42 - Occupation: accountant - Married, no children
Assistance on the road to recovery through a rehabilitation program
Jody's role as an accountant at a small firm requires a lot of computer work. After sustaining a serious back injury from a car accident, Jody was totally disabled under her Platinum Advantage policy. Jody’s doctor recommended she purchase assistive equipment to help her work comfortably at her desk without aggravating her condition. She was able to return to work full time after participating in a rehabilitation program in which expenses for a sitstand desk and other ergonomic accommodations were paid for under her Platinum Advantage policy. These modifications helped ensure she could return to work safely, without hindering her recovery.
David's Story: Starting a Medical Career
Age: 33 - Occupation: dermatology physician - Single, no children
Benefits that match career growth through the Benefit Increase Rider
David is completing his dermatology residency and just accepted an offer at a private practice. Before the end of his residency, he purchased a Platinum Advantage policy that included the Benefit Increase Rider, knowing his income will rise significantly after he starts his first post-residency job. The benefit also will allow his policy to grow with him as he progresses in his career and receives additional salary increases. David values the fact that his coverage going forward will match his developing career.
Jason's Story: Accidents Happen
Age: 35 • Occupation: orthopedic surgeon • Married, two children
Finding work in a new occupation with the Own Occupation Rider
Jason injured his right hand in an accident and was unable to return to his job as an orthopedic surgeon because he couldn't perform surgery. Due to his medical training, he was able to return to work as a family medicine physician. Jason was considered totally disabled in his regular occupation as an orthopedic surgeon — even though he earns an income from another occupation as a family medicine physician — because of the own occupation definition of total disability included in his Platinum Advantage policy. Because of this, he receives the policy's full basic monthly benefit, in addition to the income he receives in his new position.
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