Well-Being Resources for the GW Community

Undergraduate Students

Academic Support

If you need support developing organizational and academic strategies, or guidance on how to address other challenges you may be encountering, the Office for Student Success offers academic success coaches for students who need individualized support and mentoring. Additionally, the IT help desk remains available to help students navigate IT issues, as well as assistance with Blackboard.

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation resources remain available to all students to maintain research activities and support online classes during GW's virtual learning period. Students can access online peer tutoring and course review sessions through Academic Commons in a number of different subject areas. If you’re struggling to stay on track, several short videos can help improve your time management or offer concrete steps to master the skills for virtual learning. The full list of remote library services and resources is available online. Remote assistance is available via the virtual Ask Us desk during scheduled Ask Us Desk hours or by email at [email protected].

Financial

If you have questions about your bill, or questions about student financial assistance, contact the Student Financial and Registration Services team at 202-994-9000. Students can also register for a payment plan for their spring semester tuition. More information can be found online. Active students with qualifying balances below $20,000 were offered enrollment in a separate payment plan that will allow students to pay their outstanding balance over up to 36 months (minimum monthly payment of $100). Participation is optional. Students who enroll in a payment plan will be eligible to register for spring 2021 and will not be charged interest and late fees. If you have questions, contact the Student Accounts Office at 202-994-7350.

Health and Wellness

Many students are facing a semester of uncertainty and through the face of challenge we want to help you RaiseUP, GW. Take the time to practice self-care and prioritize your personal well-being.

It is more important than ever to prioritize the following:

  • Establishing and maintaining a sense of structure and routine;
  • Focusing on the present and identifying what is within your control;
  • Engaging in activities that serve to nurture and restore our bodies and minds and create a sense of balance to our lifestyle.

Take advantage of these virtual resources offered in varying formats from self-help guides to group counseling.

Also, save the date for Midnight Breakfast Week. Our annual event that kicks off finals is going to be a week-long series of events. Take a break from studying for final exams to enjoy some food and fun throughout the week. Monday, Dec. 7 starts with game night and culminates on Friday, Dec. 11 with the home edition of midnight breakfast featuring some very special faculty and staff guests.

Finally, the Counseling and Psychological Services within the Colonial Health Center continues to provide individual counseling in the form of teletherapy (Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm and Saturday-Sunday 12 – 4 pm). During this virtual learning period, some students seeking more long-term counseling may be connected to a local clinician in their state for continued care.

Graduate Students

Academic Support

GW Libraries and Academic Innovations resources remain available to all students to maintain research activities and support online classes during GW's virtual learning period. Modern research requires modern tools and Academic Commons can assist you in areas such as coding and statistical analysis, understanding copyright, finding and visualizing research data, geographic information systems (GIS) and more. Workshops and personalized consultations with experts can get you started or help you when you are stuck. Remote library services and resources are available, including shipping needed books to you across town or across the globe. Remote assistance is available via the virtual Ask Us desk during scheduled Ask Us Desk hours or by email at [email protected].

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and its units are tracking university and sponsor guidance. Researchers are encouraged to check OVPR’s COVID-19 webpage for the latest updates and prepare contingency plans for critical research activities, as well as keep in touch with their faculty advisor or PI to discuss updates.

Finally, the IT help desk remains available to help students navigate IT issues, as well as assistance with Blackboard and other university systems. Financial If you have questions about your bill, or questions about student financial assistance, contact the Student Financial and Registration Services team at 202-994-9000. Students in the Law School or School of Medicine and Health Sciences should contact their school’s financial aid offices. Students can also register for a payment plan for their spring semester tuition. More information can be found here. Active students with qualifying balances below $20,000 were offered enrollment in a separate payment plan that will allow students to pay their outstanding balance over up to 36 months (minimum monthly payment of $100). Participation is optional. Students who enroll in a payment plan will be eligible to register for spring 2021 and will not be charged interest and late fees. If you have questions, contact the Student Accounts Office at 202-994-7350.

Health and Wellness

Many students are facing a semester of uncertainty and through the face of challenge we want to help you RaiseUP, GW. Take the time to practice self-care and prioritize your personal well-being.

It is more important than ever to prioritize the following:

  • Establishing and maintaining a sense of structure and routine;
  • Focusing on the present and identifying what is within your control;
  • Engaging in activities that serve to nurture and restore our bodies and minds and create a sense of balance to our lifestyle.

Take advantage of these virtual resources offered in varying formats from self-help guides to group counseling.

Also, save the date for Midnight Breakfast Week. Our annual event that kicks off finals is going to be a week-long series of events. Take a break from studying for final exams to enjoy some food and fun throughout the week. Monday, Dec. 7 starts with game night and culminates on Friday, Dec. 11 with the home edition of midnight breakfast featuring some very special faculty and staff guests.

Finally, Counseling and Psychological Services within the Colonial Health Center continues to provide individual counseling in the form of teletherapy (Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 5 pm and Saturday-Sunday 12 – 4 pm). During this virtual learning period, some students seeking more long-term counseling may be connected to a local clinician in their state for continued care.

Virtual Teaching & Learning

The Virtual Learning Resources section on the Campus Advisories page provides virtual learning resources, tools and best practice recommendations for all instructors. Instructional Core professionals are available during the week to walk you through any technical questions or problems you may have.

All Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty and staff members can receive a discount at Kindercare for all-day programs, supporting kindergarten through sixth grade. Employees may sign-up for part-time, full-time and/or drop-in needs for school-age children. Kindercare staff are also available to offer distance learning support while your child attends virtual school.
  • Faculty and staff members are also eligible for back-up care via Care.com and may use the service up to five sessions per year for a discounted rate, either in-person at a Kindercare Center or in-home. Register and request care at gwu.care.com or call Care.com Backup Care directly at 855-781-1303 to request care.

Benefits-Eligible Faculty and Staff

  • Headspace has a multitude of mindfulness exercises that can be found on their platform.
  • The Wellbeing Hotline, GW’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offers free, confidential help for all GW employees and their adult household members. This resource is available 24/7 and can be accessed either by visiting my.gwu.edu (instructions found on the HRMD website), or via Resources for Living (log in with the username: GW-Wellbeing and password: Yourlife), or by calling toll-free at (866) 522-8509 or TTY: (888) 879-8274.
  • For November, the Wellbeing Hotline’s monthly webinars will focus on grief, the power of positive thinking, and navigating the holidays. To sign up for a webinar, simply log in to Resources for Living using the credentials above. Navigate to Tools and select Webinars.
  • GW employees enrolled on a GW PPO or HSP medical through UnitedHealthcare have access to behavioral health coverage and virtual visits can also be scheduled in order to meet with a doctor from the comfort of your home and provide support for needs such as: depression, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, and more.