Open Enrollment Info Sessions

Join Benefits for an overview of what's new and what's changing during the 2020 Open Enrollment season, which begins October 7 and ends October 25 at 8pm ET.  Open Enrollment is your chance each year to review your current benefits and make any necessary changes that best suports you and your family.

FOGGY BOTTOM CAMPUS  | Wednesday, September 25; 1 - 2 pm; Marvin Center, Room 301

VSTC CAMPUS  | Monday, September 23; 12 - 1 pm; Enterprise Hall, Room 176

VIRTUAL | Monday, September 30; Webex Link | Meeting ID: 734 579 064

"How To Pick a Medical Plan" Seminars

Hosted by UnitedHealthcare, these seminars will provide an overview of the university's medical plans, including comparisons and contrasts of the GW PPO and GW HSP, and include a Q&A session. Understand your medical plan options and choose the best plan for you and your family this Open Enrollment season.

September 24, 2019  |  12 p.m. - 1 p.m.; Room 308

VIRTUAL  |  via WebEx

September 25, 2019  |  12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
WebEx link  | Meeting ID: 736 420 011 | Audio connection: +1-855-282-6330 (US TOLL FREE)    +1-415-655-0003 (US TOLL)

If you are unable to attend the seminar, a copy of the presentation will be available at a later date. 

Open Enrollment Fairs*

Foggy Bottom - Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom

Thursday, October 10, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wednesday October 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

VSTC - Enterprise Hall Rom 102

Wednesdsay, October 16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

*Flu shot sign up is now available! Click here.

Grow with Joy Series - Spaces Filled; Waitlist Available

The "Grow With Joy" series is an immersive creative learning experience created specifically for GW faculty and staff that helps cultivate greater joy for greater wellbeing in work, life, and community. 

At this time, all spaces are filled for the pilot program launching on September 19.  We hope to offer more seminars on this topic, and extend the location to the VSTC campus as well as offer a webinar in the near future.

Please visit the waitlist to add your name to the list.

Free Faculty/Staff Seated Massages

Add some bliss to your workday with free on-site faculty/staff seated massages.

Schedule an appointment by clicking on the link below.

September 1110 - 3 pmFoggy Bottom  |  Marvin Center, Room 413 (Note: 3 appointments available per slot; Appointments are first come, first served.)

September 18, 10 - 1 pm: VSTC | Enterprise Hall Room 109 (reception area before conference room 108) (Note: 2 appointments available per slot; Appointments are first come, first served.)

Free Meditation and Relaxation Sessions

In these monthly sessions a meditation specialist will lead participants in 15 minute session that focuses on breathing and guides you on a meditative journey. Register for one of the following dates:

Foggy Bottom: September 5, 11 am - 1 pm; Marvin Center Room 311

VSTC: September 12, 11am - 1 pm; Enterprise Hall Room 102A

Retirement Counseling

Fidelity Investments

Make an appointment online or call 800-642-7131

Foggy Bottom: August 26 | September 9
VSTC: August 19 | September 23


Make an appointment online or call 866-843-5640 

Foggy Bottom: August 15 | August 29 | September 12 | September 26 | October 2 | October 9 | October 17 | October 24 | October 31
VSTC:  August 20 | September 24 | October 22 | December 3

Tuition Remission Sessions

Join Benefits for a thorough overview of the Tuition Remission benefit, including how to submit an application, the rules for graduate course tax exemption and deadlines.  A Q&A session will follow. This will be an in-person and a Webex event.

December 4, 10:30 - 11:30 am; Marvin Center | Room 307

Webex Link; Meeting ID: 735 722 309; 

Meet with UnitedHealthcare on Campus

UnitedHealthcare will be on campus to meet with GW plan members one-on-one regarding their medical and/or vision plans. If you have a question about plan claims, network, website and/or benefits coverage, schedule an appointment by clicking on the appropriate link below:

FOGGY BOTTOM CAMPUS  | Meetings February - September will take place at Marvin Center, Room 400 (800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20006)

September 12, 2019 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

November 7, 2019 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

December 12, 2019 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

VSTC CAMPUS  | Meetings held in room 160A near the Benefits Office, 45115 Research Place, Ashburn, VA

September 26, 2019 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Can't make it in person? Plan members may contact UnitedHealthcare 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling the number on the back of their medical ID cards.

Healthy Cooking Demonstrations

Check back for upcoming health food demos led by Debbie Amster. You'll watch on-site demonstrations (and enjoy sampling of) healthy and hassle-free meals. 

Upcoming Retirement Counseling at VSTC

As well as regular weekly sessions available on the Foggy Bottom campus, Fidelity and TIAA consultants will be available on the VSTC campus (Research Place, Rm 160A) in 2019 on the following dates:


 Make an appointment online or call 866-843-5640

Location of sessions will be in Research Place, Rm 160A (next to the GW Benefits office).

For further information regarding GW retirement savings options, please see

Ongoing Retirement Counseling 

Retirement consultants from Fidelity and TIAA are available on campus by appointment to assist you with enrolling in the GW retirement plans, understanding the plans and available investments, creating your savings plan and reviewing your account balances. To make an appointment, contact your provider(s) .

Fidelity Investments
Individual Appointment:
Make an appointment online or call 800-642-7131
24 Hour Service: 800-343-0860

Individual Appointment:
Make an appointment online or call 866-843-5640
24 Hour Service: 800-842-2776

Fidelity/TIAA Live Webinars

Keep your financial goals on track with Fidelity's and TIAA's (free) live webinars.  

See the full schedule of upcoming Fidelity webinars and register for a Fidelity web workshop at

See the full schedule of upcoming TIAA live webinars and register for a webinar online at