Families & Guests

Partner With Us

Your student has made a choice to attend GW - a choice we enthusiastically applaud! Your role as success coach may look different from the role you played in your student’s high school career, but whether you are near or far, you will be your student’s most treasured source of advice. One of the ways we hope to serve you in that mission is to provide resources that will set you all up for success. Please utilize the information you and your student receive over the summer, as well as information provided on this website. We are looking forward to partnering with you during your student’s time at GW!

Sign-up for the GW Family Listserv to receive timely communication throughout the school year. You will receive regular emails designed to keep you informed of what is happening on campus.

Orientation Communication

Students and families receive communication from GW via our Next Stop GW email newsletter. Next Stop GW is a comprehensive electronic newsletter providing timely and relevant information, and serves as an introduction to student life and living at GW. Be on the lookout for this newsletter every other week for both students and family members. 

 

Sample Next Stop, GW #1  (May 15, 2020)

 


 

The Fall 2020 Orientation Program has conculded

Check back later this year for information about Spring 2021 Orientation

Fall Orientation 2020 Schedule Highlights

Family Online Orientation Module

The Online Module serves as an additional resource and source of information. To participate please enter the module as a guest.

Click Here to Begin the Family Online Orientation Module

Family Orientation Schedule - Virtual Live Events

For fall 2020, new families had opportunities to register for virtual live events on the following topics scheduled throughout the month of August:

  • The Impact of COVID-19 on the GW Experience
  • Finding and Creating Community During COVID-19
  • Welcome Conversations with University Leadership and Student Leaders
  • Dining in the time of COVID-19
  • Academic Advising and the Role of the Family
  • First Generation Families Panel
  • Black Families Panel

Click Here to Access the Recorded Events

 


Tuesday Talks Weekly Webinar

Tuesday Talks

Tuesday Talks is a webinar series for new students and family members focused on acclimating to GW resources, processes, and requirements in a live virtual environment. Campus partners will cover topics such as how to read and pay your e-bill, how dining at GW and in DC works, details about the Student Health Insurance Plan, and more. These webinars will be offered using Cisco’s Webex and will be recorded, so they can be accessed and reviewed at a later date.

Summer 2020 Webinar Schedule & Topics 

Click on the topic to review details and to access the recording.

Tuesday, May 19 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Jennifer Vaden, Director, Student Services Hub

Topics: 

  • Understanding the Student Account E-bill
  • How to set-up Authorized Users
  • How to pay your bill
  • Federal Education Rights to Privacy Acts (FERPA)

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, May 26 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Tienne Jefferson, Student Health Insurance Coordinator, Rosa Green, Executive Coordinator, and Susan Haney, Associate Director Medical Services, Colonial Health Center

Topics: 

  • Onboarding Paperwork Requirements
  • Immunization Forms
  • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)
  • HIPAA

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, June 2 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Seth Weinshel, Assistant Dean of Students, and Stewart Robinette, Assistant Dean of Students, Campus Living & Residential Education

Topics: 

  • Understanding the housing application process
  • Support for students in residence halls

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, June 9 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by John Ralls, Director Community & Outreach, Karen Zinn, Associate Vice President Business Services, and Naveen Sidhu, Dining & Retail Real Estate, GW Dining

Topics:

  • Dining plan requirements
  • Dining plan vs. Colonial Cash
  • Where to eat
  • Special dietary needs
  • Programming/events

Download the Recording (mp4)

REPEAT SESSION

Tuesday, June 16 | 1-2 PM EST

Hosted by Jennifer Vaden, Director, Student Services Hub

Topics: 

  • Understanding the Student Account E-bill
  • How to set-up Authorized Users
  • How to pay your bill
  • Federal Education Rights to Privacy Acts (FERPA)

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, June 23 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Saray Smalls, Senior Health Promotion Education Program Associate, Health Promotion & Education, and Kiran Edelstein, Assistant Director, Student Support

Topics:

  • Overview of well-being services
  • How to support your student when they are experiencing challenges

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, June 30 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Alisa Major, Associate Director, Disability Support Services

Topics:

  • Overview of DSS
  • How to register
  • What accommodations are available
  • Accessibility

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, July 7 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Kevin Knudsen, Director, Academic Commons, and Chante Clarkson, Director, Office for Student Success

Topics:

  • Academic support resources available on-campus
  • How to engage in classes online and in-person
  • Academic technology resources

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, July 14 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Rebecca Lynch, Manager, Student Employment and Bridget Schwartz, Director of Student Employment

Topics:

  • Federal Work Study (FWS) program
  • Non-FWS positions, 
  • How to apply, 
  • Additional resources and services 

Download the Recording (mp4)

REPEAT SESSION

Tuesday, July 21 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Jennifer Vaden, Director, Student Services Hub

Topics: 

  • Understanding the Student Account E-bill
  • How to set-up Authorized Users
  • How to pay your bill
  • Federal Education Rights to Privacy Acts (FERPA)

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, July 28 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Catie Greene, Clinitian & Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Colonial Health Center

Topics:

  • Overview of Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Review mental health resources available to students and families

Download the Recording (mp4)

Tuesday, August 4 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Rachel Brown, Associate Provost, Center for Career Services

Topics:

  • Overview of Center for Career Services
  • Student Employment
  • Career Coaching
  • Available resources and services

Download the Recording (mp4)

REPEAT SESSION

Tuesday, August 11 | 1-2 PM EDT

Hosted by Jennifer Vaden, Director, Student Services Hub

Topics: 

  • Understanding the Student Account E-bill
  • How to set-up Authorized Users
  • How to pay your bill
  • Federal Education Rights to Privacy Acts (FERPA)

Join the Webinar!

If you are experiencing issues with accessing any of the webinar materials, please email [email protected] or call 202-994-6710.

Student Privacy & Permissions

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Once enrolled at GW, students have the right to inspect and review their own education records, as well as designate who has access to their student records outside of GW. 

We encourage you to have conversations with your student about FERPA prior to arriving in August.

You can access the Student Consent for Release of Information to Parents/Third Parties form online. 

If someone other than the student will be making payments to the university, the student should add them as an authorized user on the account. The student is the only one with the ability to grant access to the eBill system.

Please note: Completing a FERPA form (PDF) does not give online access to the eBill; the student grants access through the eBill system.