LIC Child Plans

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LIC Child Plans

The Life Insurance Corporation of India, LICI, is the oldest and the most trusted Life Insurer in the insurance sector. Through the Life Insurance Corporation Act passed by the Parliament of India on 1st September 1956, LICI was incorporated and was enjoying monopoly power in the life insurance industry due to absence of other players. In January 2002 the Government of India relaxed the regulations governing the insurance sector and allowed private players to enter the insurance market. Today there are about 28 players in the market but LICI still enjoys the majority of the market share through decades of service in the insurance industry. Today, the company has a vast customer base of more than 250 million people and is striving to maintain the same service and product pricing in the ever competitive insurance market. The range of products offered by Life Insurance Corporation of India include Protection plans in the form of term plans, Child Plans, Savings and Investment Plans which are available in both conventional or ULIPs form and pension plans. With a wide range of products, the company strives to meet every individual’s insurance related requirement at a single source.

What are Child Plans?

Child plans offered by insurers to provide for the welfare of an individual’s child even if the individual is not around. A child plan is developed on the concept of providing financial support to the family for the child’s future if the parents meet with an unfortunate death. Insurance plans designed for the child do not usually insure the child. The life insured under these plans are the parent who has a minor child to provide for. The underwriting is done on the life of the parent and the details of the child are to be provided in the policy.

Child plans have some common features which are given below:

  • There is a concept of ‘deferment’ in some of the child plans. Deferment means postponement and is usually applied if the child is the person insured. Under the deferment clause, the risk coverage under the plan starts after the expiry of a couple of years. In case the child dies during the deferment period, the premiums paid till the date of death are returned because the life cover is not applicable during that period.
  • Another concept is ‘Vesting’ which means the age of the child when the policy vests in the name of the child and he becomes the policyholder. The Vesting age is usually 18 years when the child attains majority and becomes the policyholder of the plan.
  • There is an inbuilt Waiver of Premium Rider in most of the child plans. The rider states that if the parent who is the policyholder and life insured under the plan dies during the tenure of the plan, all future premiums payable under the plan will be waived and paid for by the company. The plan will continue unaffected and the benefits as promised under the plan will accrue as and when they fall due.

Why Child Plans?

Child Insurance plans have become very important because they specifically provide for one’s child’s future even in one’s absence. The inbuilt premium waiver rider ensures that the plan continues even after the parent’s death and the benefits accrue and when they are payable so that the benefits can be utilized for the purpose for which it was initially planned, i.e. for the child’s future. For example, an individual with a child currently aged 5 years buys a 20 year child plan which promises money backs at the 15th, 17th and 20th policy anniversary. The policyholder has planned the money back periods to coincide with the child’s educational milestones and would receive the funds when the child reaches 20 years, 22 years and 25 years. The funds will be utilized to take care of the child’s higher education. If the insured dies, the plan will not be terminated. Future premiums will be paid by the company and the money-backs will be paid as and when promised. Thus, the money will be utilized only for the child’s education which was the actual rationale for buying the child education plan.

LIC Child Plans

The Life Insurance Corporation of India offers two distinct types of child plans which are under the Money Back variants. Let us take a detailed look at the types of LIC child plans offered and the features and benefits of each.

LIC’s New Children’s Money Back Plan – it is a traditional money back LIC child plan with the following features:

  • The LIC child plan is a participating plan which is eligible to earn bonuses and the premium is paid for a limited term of the plan
  • For children aged less than 8 years, there is a deferment period under this LIC child plan. The risk cover will begin one day before the completion of 2 years of the policy commencement or one day before the policy anniversary which coincides with or follows the completion of 8 years of age.
  • This LIC child plan policy will vest in the name of the child who is the life assured and will then become the policyholder on the policy anniversary following the completion of 18 years of age
  • Being a money back LIC child plan, survival benefits will be paid @20% of the chosen Sum Assured at each policy anniversary following the attainment of 18 years, 20 years and 22 years of age of the life insured
  • The policyholder may choose to defer the receipt of the survival benefits to a later date within the duration of this LIC child plan. In such case the benefit paid will be calculated as Survival Benefit % * Sum Assured * applicable Survival Benefit factor.
  • Under the LIC child plan, on maturity, 40% of the Sum Assured, vested simple reversionary bonuses and a Final Additional Bonus, if any, will be paid to the policyholder
  • Under the LIC child plan, in case of death of the insured during the deferment period, i.e. when the risk has not begun, only the paid premiums are returned
  • Under this LIC child plan, in case of death post the deferment period, the Sum Assured on death which is higher of the chosen Sum Assured or 10 times the annual premium, vested simple reversionary bonuses and a Final Additional Bonus, if any, is paid, subject to a minimum of 105% of all premiums paid till the date of death
  • Loan can be availed under this LIC child plan
  • LIC’s Premium Waiver Rider is available under the LIC child plan which promises waiver of future premiums in case of death of the proposer
  • Under this LIC child plan, rebate is given in premium rates if the policyholder chooses to pay yearly or half-yearly premiums @ 2% and 1% respectively
  • Rebates are allowed in premium for choosing a high Sum Assured level of Rs.2 lakh and above under this LIC child plan
  • Tax benefit is available under the LIC child plan on the premium paid and the claim received. The premiums paid are exempt from taxation under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act and the claim received in exempt under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act.

 

Eligibility Details

 

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

0 years

12 years

Maturity Age

-

25 years

Policy Term

25 years – entry age of the child

Sum Assured

Rs.1 lakh

No limit

Annual Premium Amount

Rs.24, 000

No limit

Premium Payment Term

10 years, 7 years or (term – 5) years

Premium Payment Frequency

Yearly, half-yearly, quarterly, monthly

 

Sample Rates of Premium

The following table shows the sample rates of premiums payable by individuals under the LIC child plan at different ages and at different levels of Sum Assured.

 

Age

Sum Assured = Rs.1 lakh

Sum Assured = Rs.5 lakhs

0 years

Rs.4415

Rs.22, 075

5 years

Rs.5700

Rs.28, 500

10 years

Rs.8060

Rs.40, 300

12 years

Rs.9390

Rs.46, 950

 

LIC’s Jeevan Tarun – the LIC child plan is a traditional child plan which is a combination of an Endowment Plan and a Money Back Plan. The features of this LIC child plan are as follows:

  • It is a participating LIC child plan and as such is eligible to earn bonuses depending on the company’s profit experience. Simple reversionary bonuses and a final bonus at the end of the plan, if any, is payable under this LIC child plan.
  • The premium under the LIC child plan is to be paid for a limited term only
  • There are four options to avail of the survival benefits and maturity benefit under the LIC child plan as per the choice of the policyholder
  • Under the first option of this LIC child plan, no survival benefit is payable and only on maturity, 100% of the Sum Assured is paid to the policyholder
  • Under the second option of this LIC child plan, 5% of the Sum Assured is paid every year as money back for 5 years and thereafter on maturity 75% of the Sum Assured and the vested bonuses are paid
  • Under the third option of this LIC child plan, 10% of the Sum Assured is paid every year as money back for 5 years and thereafter on maturity 50% of the Sum Assured and the vested bonuses are paid
  • Under the fourth option of this LIC child plan, 15% of the Sum Assured is paid every year as money back for 5 years and thereafter on maturity 25% of the Sum Assured and the vested bonuses are paid
  • Under this LIC child plan, the money back benefits will start to be paid only from the policy anniversary which coincides or follows the completion of 20 years of age of the life insured and are payable for 5 years till the insured attains the age of 25 years
  • For children aged less than 8 years, there is a deferment period under this LIC child plan. The risk cover will begin one day before the completion of 2 years of the policy commencement or one day before the policy anniversary which coincides with or follows the completion of 8 years of age.
  • Under this LIC child plan, the policy will vest in the name of the child who is the life assured and will then become the policyholder on the policy anniversary following the completion of 18 years of age
  • Under the LIC child plan, in case of death of the insured during the deferment period, i.e. when the risk has not begun, only the paid premiums are returned
  • Under this LIC child plan, in case of death post the deferment period, the Sum Assured on death which is higher of 125% of the chosen Sum Assured or 10 times the annual premium, vested simple reversionary bonuses and a Final Additional Bonus, if any, is paid subject to a minimum of 105% of all premiums paid till the date of death
  • Loan can be availed under this LIC child plan
  • LIC’s Premium Waiver Rider is available under the LIC child plan which promises waiver of future premiums in case of death of the proposer
  • Under this LIC child plan, rebate is given in premium rates if the policyholder chooses to pay yearly or half-yearly premiums @ 2% and 1% respectively
  • Under this LIC child plan, rebates are allowed in premium for choosing a high Sum Assured level of Rs.2 lakh and above
  • Tax benefit is available under the LIC child plan on the premium paid and the claim received. The premiums paid are exempt from taxation under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act and the claim received in exempt under Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act.

Eligibility Details

 

Minimum

Maximum

Entry Age

0 years

12 years

Maturity Age

-

25 years

Policy Term

25 years – entry age of the child

Sum Assured

Rs.1 lakh

No limit

Annual Premium Amount

Rs.24, 000

No limit

Premium Payment Term

10 years, 7 years or (term – 5) years

Premium Payment Frequency

Yearly, half-yearly, quarterly, monthly

 

Sample Rates of Premium

The following table shows the sample rates of premiums payable by individuals under the LIC child plan at different ages and at different options for a Sum Assured of Rs.50, 000.

 

Age

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

0 years

Rs.4480

Rs.4580

Rs.4680

Rs.4780

4 years

Rs.5595

Rs.5750

Rs.5900

Rs.6055

8 years

Rs.7565

Rs.7800

Rs.8040

Rs.8275

12 years

Rs.11, 270

Rs.11, 665

Rs.12, 060

Rs.12, 460

 

Applying for a LIC Child Plan from the company:

Online

The company offers specific LIC child plans which are available online only. The customer only needs to log into the company’s website, choose the required LIC child plan, choose the coverage and provide the details. The premium will be determined using the filled details. The customer then needs to pay the premium online through credit card, debit card or net banking facilities and the LIC child plan policy will be issued.

 

Intermediaries

LIC child plans which are not available online can be purchased from agents, brokers, banks, etc. where the intermediaries help with the application process.

 

Benefits of a Child Plan

Child plan is relatively a long term product. Such a plan can be taken as soon as one comes to know that one is going to become a parent or the day the child is born. The sooner one takes child insurance, the better it is for the offspring. The benefits of child policies like the LIC child plans accrue over long term, especially when the child needs them the most.

A child plan helps to secure the future of the child, whether boy or girl. This type of life insurance assists in fulfilling the needs and dreams of the child at the right time so that they can lead a life of their choice.

 

A LIC child plan offers several advantages to the child and family as a whole. The important ones are discussed below:

Supports Child’s School Fees

A child plan can help pay the child’s school fees. In the event that the parent is no more, the insurance company immediately pays a certain percentage of the sum assured like say 10%. It will also begin periodic annual pay-outs to the tune of 10% or so of the sum assured till the end of the policy term. These pay-outs help to comfortably take care of the school fees in the absence of the breadwinner parent. 

Assists Child’s Extra Curricular Interests

LIC child plans, by way of partial withdrawals also assist in nurturing a child’s talents and extracurricular interests. Singing, painting, dancing, sports and other such talents can be developing with the help of funds from partial withdrawals from a child plan. In fact some plans disburse periodic amounts to meet expenses incurred on such activities. 

Helps Fund Higher Education

The cost of education is rising consistently. Coupled with inflation, college and higher education fee can become a burden on the family. If a parent plans well and takes a child plan when the child is small, the money back under an LIC child plan can be planned to coincide with the child’s higher educational requirements. That way the child will be able to pursue a career of his/her choice even if the parent expires during the interim period. Such an unfortunate circumstance does not terminate the plan. The insurance company pays remaining future premiums and allows the plan to continue such that money back is paid as promised. The child can comfortably pursue professional courses like engineering, medicine, law, chartered accountancy, architecture, commerce, arts, etc. He or she may even go abroad for further studies. One does not have to resort to loans to pay for cost of higher education. 

Helps Finance Child’s Wedding

Child plans are a great way for the parent to fulfil their responsibility of their child’s wedding. One may plan in a way that a lump sum amount is available when the child becomes of marriageable age. That way the parents’ dream of a perfect wedding comes true without them having to worry about the finances. 

Avoids Capital Erosion

Market volatility may lead to capital erosion. Dynamic Fund Allocation and Systematic Transfer Plan (STP) offered under child plans help make the best of the invested amount during different life stages.

Dynamic Fund Allocation balances equity and debt exposure in the portfolio by automatic allocation of fund value as per predetermined percentages – higher allocation to equities in the initial policy years for generating potentially higher returns, and later, higher allocation to debt as the policy nears maturity to protect the maturity value.

Systematic Transfer Plan or Systematic Fund Transfer automatically switches a pre-defined amount to another fund to make the best of market volatility.

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LIC Child Plans – FAQ

1. How to pay premium for a LIC child plan? What are the modes of payment available for LIC child plans?

The Life Insurance Corporation of India Ltd. offers 6 modes of premium payment for LIC child plans namely:

  • Cash/Cheque/DD payment at the branch and cash counters
  • Payment at the Axis Bank
  • Payment at the Corporation Bank
  • Online Payment
  • NEFT
  • ECS
  • AP Online
  • MP Online
  • Suvidha Infoserve
  • Easy Bill Pay
  • Premium point by empowered agents
  • Life Plus SBA
  • Retired LIC Employee Collection
  • Phone Banking
  • Authorized Service Provider (in selected cities)

For the online payment mode, the policyholder can pay via;

  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Net Banking 

2. How can I check policy status for LIC child plans?

For online registered users, they can check LIC policy status of their child plan by logging into the e-portal.

Alternately, visit the branch personally to know the policy status of your LIC child plan. 

3. What is the policy renewal process for LIC child plans?

For renewing the LIC child plan online, follow these easy steps;

Step1: Enter your Client ID and Date of Birth to login into e-portal

Step2: Choose the LIC child plan policy and payment option (Net Banking/Debit/Credit Card)

Step3: Print/save the premium deposit receipt on successful payment completion

4. What is the company’s process to settle claim for LIC child plans?

For LIC child plan claim settlement, nominee can visit the branch personally and the customer service desk will help you there. 

5. What is the policy cancellation process for LIC child plans?

For the cancellation of the LIC child plan policy, you can visit the branch personally.

LIC Child Plans Reviews

TOTAL REVIEWS (3)
Prabhjot
Lucknow
July 20, 2016

Coverage Is Good

My child's future secure with lic child plan. The policy covers all the expenditures comes in the future of her. Education, medical emergency, health issues etc. The policy premium is less but in return the plan gives maximum benefits only.

Tarun
Gwalior
July 20, 2016

Child Plan

The LIC child plan is the best plan. This is the company which has trust of the customers because it comes from ages. The premium of the plan is less and the returns are high. Policy coverage and claims are high and claiming is very simple due to good service provided by the executives of the company.

Manav
Delhi
May 13, 2016

Good Plan

I bought lic child plan. The policy is very good. The policy coverage and claims are high. The service facilitate by the executives and staff members is fast with clam behaviour. Good future investment, I like the policy.