Colonial Penn Life Insurance Review

Colonial Penn offers a range of life insurance products, specifically for seniors.

They are one of the most well known companies with one of the highest amounts of new business written every year, but are they a good company?

In this complete review of Colonial Penn, we will go over prices and how they compare, their different products, and if they are a good fit for you.

Table Of Contents

Products By Type

Colonial Penn offers three life insurance products that all have small death benefits compares to other types of life insurance.

These products are all made to tailor to seniors and those looking for coverage just enough for final expenses like the funeral, burial, or creamation.

Term Life InsuranceUnderwritten Whole LifeGuaranteed Acceptance
Premium increases every yearFixed PremiumsFixed Premiums
$10-$50,000 Death Benefit$400-$17,000 Death Benefit$10-$50,000 Death Benefit
Health questions, but no medical examHealth questions, but no medical examNo health questions or medical exam
Ages 18-75Ages 40-75Ages 50-85

All of their life insurance products may be applied for online with no medical exam and you can get coverage in less than 30 minutes.

Term Life Insurance

Colonial Penn’s term life insurance increases in monthly premiums every 5 years. This policy can be renewed every 5 years until you are age 90, upon which the policy will expire, and you will have no coverage at all.

For seniors looking for final expense burial insurance, this can be very costly.

If you are looking for term insurance because it is cheap, there are better options than Colonial Penn.

Underwritten Whole Life

Colonial Penn’s underwritten whole life product offers up to $50,000 in death benefit and does require some basic health and prescription questions.

Most people do not qualify for this plan because they only accept the very healthy and most seniors have a few health problems or prescriptions.

This plan if you qualify is day one coverage with no waiting period, but if you qualify for this plan there are many other companies that will offer you no waiting period plans at a better price.

Guaranteed Acceptance

Colonial Penn’s guaranteed acceptance policy is their most aggressively marketed ($9.95). Everyone is guaranteed a policy but it will come with a two year waiting period.

The way they price their premiums are very confusing and unique to Colonial Penn. They sell insurance in “units” and each unit is $9.95, up to a max of 8 units. How much coverage this will pay out will depend on your age and gender.

Below are some sample death benefits for each unit of coverage at $9.95.


As you can see, the amount of coverage you get at each unit goes down considerably over time.

To keep it simple, if you add up the amount of units you need to get the desired coverage, the monthly premium would still be considerably more than similar companies that offer guaranteed acceptance policies, like Gerber and AIG.

You get very little coverage for $9.95/month, even at age 50.

Colonial Penn Customer Reviews And Complaints

Colonial Penn has an A- rating with A.M. best which is good. This basically means they have enough financial backing to pay out claims with no worries.

However, they have a significant number of complaints from current and potential customers for their aggressive marketing saying you can get thousands of life insurance coverage for only $9.95/month.

In addition, many customers say they thought they were getting more coverage for their unit and their family only got a fraction of what was offered.

What Are My Other Options?

The truth is, we don’t recommend going with Colonial Penn for any type of life insurance product for a few reasons.

The prices for all of their products are above average, and you can get the same coverage for hundreds less a year. There is no reason to pay more for your coverage than you need.

Colonial Penn is a captive agency. This means when you speak to someone at Colonial Penn all they can do is offer you Colonial Penn products. They cannot look around the market to see what works best for you.

If you want to find the best prices and products available on the market, you must work with an independent agency such as Seniors Mutual or another agency. It costs nothing extra to talk with an independent agent who will shop the market for you and find you the best deal.

Even if you are looking for a guaranteed acceptance policy with no health questions, there are cheaper options out there that give you the same or more death benefit to go to your family.

If you want to find the best deals and prices, give us a call, fill out our quote form, or chat with a live agent and we will assist you and find the best policy for you!