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Congratulations on your admission to the Regulatory Affairs (RAFF) program. Please bookmark this page for easy reference to important information and resources included below:

Apply for Financial Assistance

Student Aid

If you wish to apply for federal loans, you must submit the Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year. In addition to the FAFSA, you may be required to submit supplementary documentation for federal and private loans. Students who receive financial assistance must adhere to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at finaid@gwu.edu or (202) 994-9000.

The Admissions Office must have your social security number (SSN) on file before financial aid can be processed. If you did not include your SSN with your application, please contact the Health Science Admissions office at (202) 994-8528.

Military Aid

If you are using tuition assistance (TA), please email your TA authorization form to Third Party Billing at thirdparty@gwu.edu. A degree plan and cost verification sheet are available via email request to your advisor.

Please include your GWid and the last four digits of your SSN in the body of the email, and copy your advisor. Each semester, students are responsible for the registration fee, which is not covered by TA. Please pay your portion (the remaining balance owed after TA is applied) before the first day of classes.

If you are planning to use the G.I. Bill®, please use this checklist.

The GW Certifying Official(s) can be found at the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services at vetserv@gwu.edu or (202) 994-9570.

Login to the GWeb Info System and Claim Your NetID

Login to the GWeb Info System

The GWeb Info system allows you to register for classes, pay your bill, change your address, and check your grades.

To log in to the GWeb Info System:

  • Go to the MyGW portal.
  • On the left-hand side, click on "GWeb Info System."
  • Enter your User ID (i.e. your GWid). You can find your GWid on your acceptance letter or via GWid Look-up.
  • Enter your PIN (your birthdate) in the MMDDYY format.
  • You will then be prompted to change your PIN and set up a security question.

Claim Your NetID Account

Claiming your NetID allows you to create your GWMail account. Your NetID will be the first part of your email address (before @gwu.edu), and your username when signing in to Blackboard.

All official university communication will be sent to your GWMail address. You should plan to check your GWMail several times each week or forward your GWMail to another email address you check regularly. Visit Student Technology Services for forwarding instructions.

Please wait 1-2 business days following accepting your offer of admission to claim your NetID.

To claim your NetID:

  • Go to the Account Management Tool Under "New to GW,"
  • Click on "Claim an Account."
  • Fill out the "Account Claim" form

Access your GWMail account through the MyGW portal or by going directly to the email login page.

Attend Orientation

RAFF students complete a self-paced orientation course, which opens up three weeks before the semester start. After a student is admitted, they must create their NetID in order to be added to the class. The required orientation is the perfect introduction to the Blackboard online classroom, allowing admitted students to understand the tools and expectations of their degree program. Student should budget up to four hours to complete all of the modules in the orientation course.

Advising and Registration

Advising and DegreeMap

DegreeMap is your program of study and snapshot of your current academic progress. The DegreeMap Planner offers an individualized guide for course selection and registration each semester.

To access DegreeMap:

  • Go to MyGW.
  • Click "GWeb Info System" on the left sidebar.
  • Type in your User ID (GWid) and password.
  • Select "Student Records & Registration."
  • Select "Student Records Information."
  • Select "DegreeMap."
  • Click the "Planner" tab.

If you notice an error on your DegreeMap, or have questions about the recommended course sequence, please contact your advisor. Tutorials are available here: Office of the Registrar.


Your advisor will be registering you for classes each semester. Please contact your advisor for further information.

Adding and Dropping Classes

A student can add or drop classes without penalty until 8:00 pm EST the Sunday before classes start. Any changes to registration after this deadline will incur a penalty. If you must add or drop a class after the first day of classes, please contact your advisor for guidance.

Visit the Course Drop Refund Schedule for current semester dates and deadlines

Review the GW Code of Academic Integrity

The GW Code of Academic Integrity governs all students at the university and is a symbol of the commitment to academic honesty, mutual respect, and moral integrity that the GW community values and nurtures. As a new student in the university, your entry into the GW community is an agreement to these standards and principles.

Visit the Student Resources Webpage

The Student Resources webpage includes links to the following areas:

  • Paying for Classes
  • Academic Resources and Policies
  • Technology Support