A Brief Guide to Resources For Those Affected by the Government Shutown

Resources Available for the GW Community

January 11, 2019
Many of our students, faculty and staff have been personally affected by the government shutdown. GW offers several resources for university community members who may need assistance, either financially or emotionally.
Please be assured that the university continues to operate normally and will continue to provide updates to our community as necessary.

Resources and Information for Students
The shutdown will not affect students’ financial aid awards. However, students and families who have questions about paying tuition, should contact the Student Accounts Office at 202-994-7350 or[email protected].
Additionally, the majority of Federal Work Study student employees are not affected by the federal shutdown. Every student who has been affected by the shutdown has been contacted by GW Student Employment. If you have questions regarding your employment status, please contactCareer Services.
For those students who may need other assistance, counselors and resources are available at the Colonial Health Center.

Resources and Information for Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff who participate in GW’s 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan and are experiencing significant financial need may be eligible for a loan against their plan or a financial hardship withdrawal from their plan account. Employees can speak with a retirement consultant at any time to understand their current investment options. Contact GW’s Benefits Administration for more information at 703-726-8382 or [email protected], or contact GW’s retirement plan vendors directly at 1-800-343-0860 for Fidelity Investments or 1-800-842-2776 for TIAA-CREF.

For employees seeking financial or legal assistance, GW’s Wellbeing Hotline provides free access by phone to attorneys, certified public accountants and certified financial planners to help on a wide range of legal and financial concerns, including budgeting, getting out of debt, credit card and loan problems, bankruptcy and financial planning for emergencies.

Since financial concerns are a leading cause of stress, the Wellbeing Hotline also provides access to highly trained master’s- and doctoral-level clinicians to provide in-person counseling related to stress, relationship/marital conflicts, job pressure, grief and loss and more. The hotline can be accessed toll-free 24/7 at 1-866-522-8509.

Employees can also access a host of materials online related to the government shutdown, as well as more general help with personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life as part of the Wellbeing Hotline.