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Are Education Insurance Plans Worth It

Are education insurance plans worth it? With the high cost of education and the ever-increasing costs, who wouldn’t want to plan for their child’s future education? I know I would.

 

But are education policies worth it? Yes, it will give you that consolation an insurance product provides of knowing that you are covered if the insured risk occurs. 

 

That said, education insurance policies are more than an insurance product. These come with the component of saving and investing. 

 

Education Insurance Covers in Kenya: Are They Worth It? 

While you want your child to have the best education possible, think twice before purchasing an education policy. 

 

The premiums you get are pretty enticing, low with other benefits should you die, get sick or be disabled. Not forgetting the saving and investment component where your premiums are invested in fixed assets, equities or a balanced fund. 

 

And for this reason, I would say that an education insurance policy is not worth it. Why? For the same reason why experts recommend against taking an endowment life policy

 

Insurance products are just that: risk management products to cushion you if any risks, like sickness, fire, accidents or death, occur. This is where health, auto, home and life insurance covers come in. They are pure insurance products, with no other complementary products serving as a saving or investment vehicle. 

 

Suppose your concern is saving and investing for your child’s future? In that case, you are better of putting that money in a high-yield savings account or buying any

investment asset

 

Do The Math

Let’s take an example. As I was researching, I came across an education plan offered for 20 years. The monthly and total premiums are around Kes. 6,800 and Kes. 1.39M with an indicative benefit payout of Kes. 2M. This will earn you a return of about 600,000 after 20 years. 

 

If you were to invest on your own, say the same monthly premium at an annual return of 10%. Depending on a few factors, you will have a fund size of between 4.5M to 5.2M compared to the Kes. 2M insurance payout. 

 

I have used several online calculators to simulate these figures, and the differences in the total return are telling (see below example). If you invest on your own, you make a return that’s way higher than what the insurance policy is offering, even with those bonuses!  

 

Education Policy Estimate vs Investment Estimate

But what if I lose my job, pass on, become bedridden or disabled? What happens to my child’s future? Unfortunately, these are the fears brokers will sell when they want you to buy an education policy. But, remember what we said? Never let emotions rule your investment decision

 

Yes, most insurance providers promise you that if such misfortunes befall you, the premiums will stop, and your child will receive the cash payout at maturity. There is also the promise of getting some payouts a few years before maturity. Quite enticing!  

 

The return is still lower than a pure investment product offers, even a simple Money Market Fund. Better still, lock that money in a credible Sacco

 

Are you worried about your child’s future when you are not there or are incapacitated? How about you leverage that investment product with a pure insurance cover, like a whole life policy? 

 

There is a high possibility that the payout from a life insurance cover will be higher. You might also get lower premiums because insurance products with an investment component always charge a higher premium. 

 

While education insurance policies provide tax relief, this benefit doesn’t seem like a price to pay for such a steep difference in the total return of the two products. In Kenya, these insurance policies get you a tax deduction of 15% on premium paid, with a cap of Kes. 5,000 per month (Kes. 60,000 per year). You can get the same tax relief with a life insurance policy. 

 

Also, an investment product provides you with more flexibility when it comes to withdrawing. With certain protections, you can get your capital back. On the other hand, if you stop paying your insurance premiums, you will lose everything. And, if you were to cancel the policy, you will only receive a surrender value after a certain period, usually lower than your payout and premiums.

 

The bottom line is, avoid insurance products masquerading as saving and investments avenues. It doesn’t matter whether it is an education insurance cover or a life insurance policy. If you want to protect yourself against risks, just buy a pure insurance product. Get a whole life or term life insurance policy. But, if you want to save and invest for whatever goal, invest in bonds, stocks and real assets.

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Comments:

  • Benard

    November 12, 2021

    How about funeral covers?

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