New Employee Enrollment

The George Washington University is committed to offering you a comprehensive benefits package that meets you and your famiy's needs.

Our variety of programs offer a wealth of resources to educate you  health and welfare benefits' options, saving for retirement, life insurance and disability, and tuition benefits.

Please read the Benefits Highlights (PDF) for an overview of the benefits and perks offered to GW employees.

Enrollment Deadline

Unless otherwise noted, you have 30 calendar days from your Date of Hire to enroll online and submit any required supporting documentation for your health and welfare benefits.  You can enroll online in the 403(b) retirement plan at anytime

Coverage Effective Date

The coverage effective date for most benefits is the first day of the month following your date of hire.  If your date of hire is coincident with the first day of the month, the coverage effective date for most benefits is your date of hire.  

If you do not enroll at that time, you will need to wait until Annual Open Enrollment (unless you have a qualifying life event (QLE). Changes made during Annual Open Enrollment are effective January 1 of the following year.

Benefits and Payroll Webinar

To help you understand the scope of your benefits and payroll procedures, we strongly encourage you to attend the Benefits and Payroll Webinar for New Employees. The 90-minute webinar provides a thorough overview of your benefits and pay, and offers an opportunity to ask questions to our GW Benefits team member. 

You can access the webinar Every Wednesday at 1pm, or view the slides (PDF).

You can also listen to a pre-recorded version organized by section:

 

Resources for Faculty and Staff: