New Undergraduate Student Checklist

Welcome to GW! Making sure you're ready for school isn't just about signing up for classes -- you need to stay in good administrative and financial standing throughout the year. Keep track of what you have to do every semester with our checklist:

Spring (before you begin)


  • Register for New Student Orientation, which occurs before classes start in August. Find the registration link in your GW applicant portal.
  • If you want to grant your parent(s) access to your financial, GWorld, and educational records, be sure to submit your FERPA Student Consent Form.
  • Submit all of your required documentation and forms to the Office of Student Financial Assistance to receive your confirmed financial aid award.
    • Please note that you only need to submit the documentation and forms listed as requirements in your Financial Aid Menu in GWeb.
  • Check the status of your required financial aid award documentation in GWeb to make sure that all of your requirements are satisfied.
  • Register for your Fall courses. Students will have a virtual meeting with an academic advisor over the summer to plan for fall courses.
  • Accept your financial aid award in GWeb.
  • Make arrangements for your bill to be paid in full by the first day of the Fall semester, or sign up for the Monthly Payment Plan.
  • Enter your bank account information into Student Account eBill to make electronic payments and receive credit refunds.
  • Set up your parent(s) as an authorized user(s) in Student Account eBill so they can view your student account activity and make payments to your account.
  • Learn about your GWorld card and meal plan.
  • Explore the option of purchasing tuition insurance to protect your tuition investment.
  • Review the withdrawal and refund policy.


  • If you have an organization paying your bill (such as an embassy or employer), submit your sponsor authorization to Third-Party Billing by mid-September.
  • Sign into MyGW or GWeb in mid-October to see if you have any financial, academic or immunization holds on your account that might prevent you from registering for your Spring courses.
  • Register for your Spring courses in early November.
  • Make arrangements for your bill to be paid in full by the first day of the Spring semester, or sign up for the Monthly Payment Plan.
  • The first semester can be an exciting but challenging time. If you know someone who needs a little bit more support, the CARE Network can help connect them to the right resources. 
  • Be sure to check for financial and registration holds prior to your designated time to register.

Spring (of your first year)

​Still have questions? Don't understand the process? Can't find what you're looking for? We're happy to help -- just let us know!

Prospective Undergraduate Students

If you're a prospective undergraduate student, please visit Undergraduate Admissions for more information about applying to GW and financial aid. 

Transfer Students

If you're a transfer student, please review the Transfer Students Checklist for information on registration and enrollment at GW.

Veteran & Military Students

If you're a veteran, military, or dependent student, visit these checklists for Admitted and Returning students.