New Employee Enrollment
The George Washington University is committed to offering you a comprehensive benefits package that meets you and your family's needs.
Our variety of programs offer a wealth of resources to educate you on your health and welfare benefits' options, saving for retirement, life insurance and disability, and tuition benefits.
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.
To help you understand the scope of your benefits, we strongly encourage you to attend the Benefits Webinar for New Employees. The 30-minute webinar provides an overview of your benefits and offers an opportunity to ask questions to our GW Benefits team member.
Please note: We do not hold the Benefits webinar the day before Thanksgiving or during Winter Break.
You can access the webinar Every Monday at 1pm.
- Medical Benefits
- Dental and Vision
- Life, AD&D and Disability
- Retirement Savings Plans
- Paid Time Off Programs
Resources for Faculty and Staff:
- 2023 Active Benefits Guide (PDF)
- Online Enrollment Guide for Health and Welfare Benefits (PDF)*
- Benefits Eligibility Chart (PDF)
- Fertility Benefit Overview (PDF)
*On the Go? Download the mobile app, enter our company code GWbenefitscenter, along with your GWID and password (date of birth in MMDDYYY format) and take your GW benefits with you wherever you go.