The move comes hours after the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued similar orders Monday.
Colleges and universities are eligible to receive relief based on their nationwide share of Pell Grant and non-Pell Grant recipients.
GW’s campus has cleared out, with students moving out of residence halls and employees working remotely.
The petition was started minutes after officials announced that a professional moving company would pack and store students’ belongings until the fall.
A professional moving company will pack students’ belongings in phases between the first week of April and the first week of May.
The move comes after the U.S. Department of Education authorized universities shuttered by COVID-19 concerns to continue disbursing wages.
Officials said GW is in a “strong financial position” but added that the measures are necessary to ensure GW can maintain daily operations.
Officials are converting information sessions for potential applicants and admitted student events to a virtual setting in light of the global pandemic.
University President Thomas LeBlanc said officials will hold a virtual celebration on May 17 to recognize this year’s graduates in the interim.
Provost Brian Blake said undergraduates can now complete “most” of their classes on a pass/fail basis, and students should consult academic advisers to determine which option is best for them.