30-year term life insurance is one of the longest term life policies you can get. It’s a great option for people in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s—once you buy it, you can have peace of mind for the next 30 years knowing that your loved ones will have financial protection if you die.\nIn this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about 30-year term life insurance—what is it, what are the advantages, who is it best for, how much can you expect to pay, and more.\nWhat is Term Life Insurance?\nTerm life insurance is a broad category that covers life insurance policies that last for a certain period of time. Term lengths typically include 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years, though some insurance carriers will offer policies as short as 5 years or as long as 40. The latter two are rare, however. The most common term policies fall between 10 and 30 years, and they are designed with one purpose in mind: to provide financial coverage to your loved ones should you die during that specific time period.\nTerm life insurance is usually compared to the second main type of life insurance: permanent. Permanent life insurance is another broad category that includes several types of policies. The most popular is whole life insurance, but there are plenty of others, including universal, variable, variable universal, and more.\nWhile each type of permanent life insurance has its own unique characteristics and advantages, they all have two things in common:\n\nLifetime coverage: Unlike term life insurance, which expires after a specific time period, permanent life insurance never expires. Once you buy a policy, you’re covered for life.\nCash value: Term life insurance is known as “pure” life insurance because its only function is to provide a death benefit to the beneficiaries of a given policy. Permanent life insurance, on the other hand, is more complex. It offers a death benefit AND a cash value component that allows you to accumulate cash over the lifetime of your policy. The accumulated cash can be used to secure a loan, pay monthly premiums, or cover the cost of unexpected expenses that arise during your lifetime.\n\nThe two “bonus” components of permanent life insurance mean that it will always be more expensive than term.\nHow Term Life Insurance Works\nBefore buying term life insurance, you need to decide how long of a term you need. There is no cut and dry answer regarding which term length is best—it’s a highly individual decision based on personal finances, family life, and other factors.\nOnce you decide how long you want your term policy to last, you must fill out an application that includes detailed questions about your health. Most policies also require you to undergo a medical exam as part of the application process. The cost of the exam is covered by the insurer and takes place at the location of your choosing (usually at work or home).\nThe health questions on the written application and the medical exam are designed to give the insurer as much information about your health condition as possible. Health plays a crucial role in determining your approval or rejection and how much you pay in monthly premiums.\nThe general rule of thumb is that the healthier you are, the lower your premiums. Conversely, the more health problems you have, the higher your premiums. In some cases, you may have such severe health issues that the insurer deems you too risky to insure and rejects your application.\nIf your application is approved, your coverage can start from the moment you sign the policy. You then start paying monthly premiums, and in return, the insurer commits to paying out a death benefit if you die during that period. It’s crucial that you pay your monthly premiums on time in order to maintain a valid policy. If you let the monthly payments slide, your loved ones may not have the coverage they need.\nWhat Are Your Options When Your Term Policy Expires?\nWhen your term policy expires, you have several options: renew the policy, convert it to a permanent policy, or do nothing. The first two options allow you to continue your coverage and usually don’t require you to undergo a new medical exam, which is a big advantage. However, life insurance underwriters will calculate new rates for your policy based on your current age, and rates go up with every passing year.\nLet’s say you bought a 10-year term life insurance policy at age 35. At that age, you were in excellent health and were given very low rates. 10 years down the road, your policy expires, but you still have young kids/loans/other responsibilities and need coverage. You can renew your term policy, which will still consider you in great health, but you’ll now be charged the rates of a 45-year-old instead of a 35-year-old. Alternatively, you can convert the term policy to a permanent one, for which you’ll also be charged the rates for a 45-year-old, plus have all the additional expenses that come with a permanent policy.\nSince renewing/converting term life insurance policies can be expensive, we recommend trying to get a sufficiently long term on your first try. While it’s impossible to predict the future, getting enough coverage the first time will ultimately save you money in the long run.\nWhat is a 30-Year Term Life Insurance Policy?\nA 30-year term life insurance policy is exactly what it sounds like: a term policy that lasts 30 years. It’s one of the longest term lengths available, often cited as the closest option to a permanent policy, but at a fraction of the cost. Like other term life insurance, a 30-year policy offers level premiums and a death benefit to your beneficiaries that’s usually paid out tax-free.\n30-year term life insurance is designed to give decades of coverage, usually during the years when people are raising families and working. When a 30-year policy expires, you technically have the option to renew or convert it, but by that age, those may not be practical options. Remember, you’ll be 30 years older than when you first bought the policy, so your new rates will be calculated based on your current age (and hence, much higher).\nAdvantages of a 30-Year Term Policy\n30-year life insurance offers peace of mind knowing that, if you die during that time period, your loved ones won’t be burdened by financial hardships. Your policy’s death benefit can cover any outstanding debt or financial obligations, including a mortgage, the cost of college and/or weddings, daily expenses, lost income, and more.\nWhen compared to other term policies, 30 years is at the more expensive end of the spectrum. This is because of the way life insurance rates are calculated—the longer the term, the more expensive the policy. However, a 30-year term policy is less expensive than a permanent one. People who need coverage for a long time often choose this option to avoid the higher rates of permanent life insurance.\nAnd while a 30-year policy may seem more expensive than a shorter term policy, in the long run it can end up being less expensive. If you buy a shorter policy and then discover that you still need coverage once it expires, you’ll need to renew your policy or convert it to a permanent one. At that point, you’ll be charged higher rates than you had with your original policy since you’ll be x amount of years older. The renewed/new policy can end up costing more than if you would have bought a 30-year policy in the first place.\nWho Needs a 30-Year Term Policy?\n30-year life insurance can be ideal for many different types of people in different situations. Some of these situations include:\nIf you’re young and planning on starting a family\nIf you’re in your 20s or 30s and already have a family or are planning to start a family, 30-year term life insurance can get you through the years when you’re raising young children who are financially dependent on you. Plus, it will last you until those children attend college and possibly until they get married and start families of their own.\nMost people expect that by the age they reach retirement, their children will no longer be financially dependent on them, and therefore, a 30-year policy is enough (as opposed to a permanent policy). Also, a 30-year policy is much more affordable, and therefore, more realistic if you’re in your 20s or 30s and can’t afford to pay the high cost of permanent life insurance.\nIf you have a mortgage or other outstanding debt\nIf you have a 25- or 30-year mortgage, 30-year life insurance will ensure that your debt doesn’t get passed on to your loved ones if you die before it’s paid off. If you die toward the end of your policy, when most of the debt has already been paid off, your beneficiaries can use the remainder of the death benefit for any purpose they see fit.\nIf you don’t want to take a risk\nThe purpose of life insurance is to provide financial coverage to your loved ones if you’re no longer alive. For every individual, financial coverage can mean something else. For some, it means making sure they can pay for their child’s college education. For others, it means providing enough money to replace lost income or to cover debt. And yet others may simply want to leave behind an inheritance.\nWhatever your reason, many people are afraid to buy a term policy that will end up being too short for their needs. 20-year and even 25-year policies may fall short of the desired goal, and then the entire purpose of life insurance is defeated. For people who don’t want to risk buying too short of a term, 30-year life insurance offers affordable coverage and peace of mind.\nHow Much Does a 30-Year Term Life Insurance Policy Cost?\nTo get an idea of how much you can expect to pay for 30-year term life insurance, check out the table below. These are the average rates for a 30-year, $500,000 term policy for relatively healthy male and female non-smokers in New York.\n\n\n\nAge of Male Non-Smoker\n Average Cost of Life Insurance\n\n\n20\n $36-$46/month\n\n\n30\n $39-$49/month\n\n\n40\n $60-$87/month\n\n\n50\n $153-$219/month\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\nAge of Female Non-Smoker\n Average Cost of Life Insurance\n\n\n20\n $27-$40/month\n\n\n30\n $31-$44/month\n\n\n40\n $48-$68/month\n\n\n50\n $112-$153/month\n\n\n\n \nAs you can see, if you buy a 30-year term policy when you’re in your 20s, 30s, and even 40s, the prices are fairly low. Once you get to your 50s, the prices jump drastically. By the time you reach 60, you won’t be able to purchase a 30-year policy.\nWhile you would still be paying more for a 30-term policy than a 20- or 25-year policy, the benefit is that you don’t have to worry about your coverage expiring while you still need it. If a shorter term policy expires and you need to renew, you’ll do so at higher rates.\nIf you want to see how much you can expect to pay given your own personal situation, you can use Sproutt’s instant quote calculator.\n20-Year vs. 30-Year Term Life Insurance\nBoth 20-year and 30-year policies are popular choices when it comes to term life insurance, but how can you decide which one is right for you?\nMost people choose the length of their term based on milestones they’d like to reach and how long it will take to reach them.\nFor example, if you want life insurance to last until you pay off your mortgage, the length of the term you choose will depend on how long the mortgage is. If you want life insurance to ensure that your child will have money to pay for college, you need a policy that will last until that child reaches college-age. The length of the policy will depend on how old your child is when you buy it. If your child is a newborn, you’ll need at least a 25-year policy. If your child is 5, you’ll need a 20-year policy.\nIn cases that you have a specific goal that’s within a 20-year reach, choosing a 20-year term policy will be sufficient for your needs. While you can choose a 30-year policy to be on the safe side, the reason for NOT doing this is that 30-year policies are more expensive than 20-year policies.\nTake a look at these rates:\n \nMale Non-Smokers 20-Year vs. 30-Year $500,000 Term\n\n\n\nMale Non-Smokers\n Average Cost of 20-Year Life Insurance\n Average Cost of 30-Year Life Insurance\n\n\n20\n $25-$31/month\n $36-$46/month\n\n\n30\n $35-$44/month\n $39-$49/month\n\n\n40\n $36-$49/month\n $60-$87/month\n\n\n50\n $86-$119/month\n $153-$219/month\n\n\n\n \nFemale Non-Smokers 20-Year vs. 30-Year $500,000 Term\n\n\n\nFemale Non-smokers\n Average Cost of 20-Year Life Insurance\n Average Cost of Life Insurance\n\n\n20\n $19-$26/month\n $27-$40/month\n\n\n30\n $20-$27/month\n $31-$44/month\n\n\n40\n $30-$40/month\n $48-$68/month\n\n\n50\n $67-$85/month\n $112-$153/month\n\n\n\n \nAs you can see, 30-year life insurance is more expensive than 20-year life insurance. While the difference in monthly premiums may only be $10 or $20 when you’re in your 20s or 30s, as you get older the difference becomes more pronounced. Moreover, you have to remember that it’s not just a one-off price difference, but an extra $10+ dollars you’ll be spending each month for 20 or 30 years. That can add up to a significant amount.\nThe higher cost of 30-year life insurance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy it. It just means that you should make sure you need it. If a 20-year policy won’t suffice to get you past certain milestones, or won’t give you the peace of mind you need, a 30-year policy is the better option. If you think that a 20-year policy is enough, then you should choose that and enjoy regular savings in monthly premiums.\nWhat Factors Affect the Cost/Rates of Life Insurance?\nMany factors affect the cost of life insurance. Some of these are related to the policy itself —type, policy length, coverage amount, and more. Other factors are related to your life expectancy, like age, gender, health, smoking status, and more.\nBelow is a list of factors that affect the cost of life insurance:\n\nAge – The younger you are, the lower your rates will be.\nGender – Women always pay less than men since they have a higher statistical life expectancy.\nSmoking status – Smokers always get higher rates than non-smokers since smoking significantly lowers life expectancy.\nHealth – Health is a major determining factor of your life expectancy. The healthier you are, the lower your rates will be (and vice versa).\nLifestyle – If you have a dangerous job or hobbies that can affect your life expectancy, your insurance rates will go up. Conversely, if you lead an active lifestyle, don’t drink alcohol or do drugs, your rates can go down. If you have any recent DUIs, you may be denied coverage altogether.\nLocation – The cost of life insurance policies differ by state.\nPolicy length – The longer your policy, the more expensive it will be.\nType of policy (term, permanent, no exam) – Term is considered the most affordable type of life insurance. Permanent life insurance is more expensive since there is no expiration and it can accumulate cash value. No exam life insurance is another type of policy that doesn’t require you to undergo a medical exam to get coverage. For this convenience, the price is usually higher than that of traditional term life insurance. However, it can be an invaluable option for people with serious health issues or those who need life insurance quickly.\nCoverage amount – The higher your coverage, the more expensive your policy will be.\nAdditional riders – If you add a rider to your policy, the cost will go up. Popular riders include Disability, Accelerated Benefit, Long-Term Care, and Waiver of Premium. While the cost of your policy will go up, the benefit may be worthwhile in the long run.\nInsurance company – You will very likely get different quotes from different insurance companies, which is why it pays to shop around. Sproutt automatically rounds up the best rates from different companies so you can get the best deal.\n\nStill Have Questions?\nLife insurance is one of the most important purchases you can make in your adult life. If you have any questions about 30-year term life insurance or any other type of life insurance, contact Sproutt insurance advisors for unbiased and expert guidance.