Surrender Charge

Last Updated: April 15, 2018

Definition - What does Surrender Charge mean?

A surrender charge is the fee imposed when a policyholder cancels their life insurance or withdraws money from the savings component before it matures. For the latter, it typically decreases as time elapses.

A surrender charge is also known as a surrender fee.

Insuranceopedia explains Surrender Charge

The surrender charge amount depends on when the policyholder terminates their insurance contract. The insurer may impose a lower sum if the policy was kept for a longer term. This fee exists to discourage policyholders from canceling their policy and using their money elsewhere. However, sometimes, a surrender charge may be waived. One qualifying instance may be if a policyholder informs the insurance company that they want to cancel the policy at a later date and continues pay the premium until that time.

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