New Employees

Welcome to GW!

The George Washington University is committed to offering you a comprehensive benefits package that meets your need. As with any important purchase or decision, choice and cost are crucial. Your benefit plan selection is no different.

We have a variety of programs from which to choose and a wealth of resources to educate you on options related to health and welfare benefits, 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. 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.

Please note: You can enroll online in the 403(b) retirement plan at anytime