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 between the deposit deadline and the start of the semester, as well as information provided on this website. We are looking forward to partnering with you during your student’s time at GW!


We are excited to welcome you and your student to the GW community. Your student will complete many important steps before starting classes. These initial next steps are included in your student’s admitted student portal where they located their Admission’s decision. Over the next couple of months, leading up to the start of the semester, your student will review the Student Buff & Blue Book, complete the New Student Online Orientation modules, and register for classes. We encourage you to check in with your student and discuss communication you both receive via email. Soon, we’ll be welcoming you for move-in and New Student Orientation, until then, explore the options we offer new families to get you acquainted to GW and campus resources.

Students and families will 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. Newsletters will be posted here for future reference. We will begin communicating with fall deposited students & families the first week of May, once a month until August.

Family NSGW Archives

Here’s what else you and your student can expect for email communication between May and August:

  • Introduction to academic schools and undergraduate advising teams (emailed to student GW email only)
  • Preliminary invoices issued by Student Accounts (emailed to student GW email only)
  • First-year group advising webinars and class registration (emailed to student GW email only)
  • Move-in and student Orientation information 
  • Reminders about immunization forms, Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and more!

The Fall 2021 Buff & Blue Book is the new families’ guide to GW. The Book has relevant and helpful information about academics, student support services, student well-being, living on-campus, navigating GW systems, student involvement, understanding campus resources, and more. 

The Fall 2021 Book will be available in mid-May.

We also offer a New Family Orientation module, which provides short videos of current students sharing their experiences at GW, so you can get a glimpse of what it's like to be a student here. This will be available later in May.


Tuesday Talks Webinar Series


Tuesday Talks Webinar Series

Tuesday Talks, a webinar series for new students and family members focused on acclimating you 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 D.C. works, details about the Student Health Insurance Plan, and more. The schedule and links to join will be posted throughout the month of May, and recordings will be available 48 hours following each webinar.

Orientation 101: What to Expect this Summer

Join members of the Student Life team review tasks your student will need to complete this summer, what you can expect in terms of communication (student and family), and how to support your student during this transition.

Financial Matters

Hear from Jennifer Vaden, Director, Student Financial and Registration Services share an overview of her office, how to review financial aid packages, navigate the e-Bill system, and more. 




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.