I was speaking with a colleague of mine the other day and the subject of college loans came up. It occurred to us that with the new stricter lending regime, it is probably more important than ever for a parent to consider getting life insurance on a child of theirs if they are co-signing a college loan.
Most college loans are no longer dischargeable in bankruptcy or upon the death of a child. So if you are co-signing a loan, consider taking out a life insurance policy on your child to pay off the loan in the event something happens to your child. As always, the larger the policy you obtain, the more worthwhile it is setting up a life insurance trust.