Shape Your Future – Every Bulldog Counts.
What is the census?
The Census counts everyone in the United States and its
territories every 10 years. The U.S. Census Bureau asks that students
who are living away from home should be counted at the on- or off-campus
residence where they live and sleep most of the time, even if they are
at home on April 1, 2020. International students living and attending
college in the United States should be counted at the on- or off-campus
residence where they live and sleep most of the time.
How does it affect me?
An accurate count affects the allocation of funding for campus improvements, student loans, and Pell grants.
How does it affect CC?
Census data impacts funding for things like:
Federal Pell Grant Program
Adult education grants
Agriculture, science, and engineering education
Community mental health services
Student wellness programs
Medical Assistance Program
School breakfast and lunch and after-school programs
State Children’s Health Insurance Program
When can I respond to the census?
This year, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses
online for the first time starting March 12. Census day on campus will
be April 1. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the
Census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee.
You’ll also still be able to respond by mail.
How do I respond to the 2020 Census?
By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation
to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for
responding: online, by phone or by mail.
The 2020 Census marks the first time you will be invited
to respond online—even on your mobile device. The online form is
available in many different languages. Visit 2020CENSUS.GOV for more information about responding online.
As the 2020 Census approaches, we will continue to share
information about how you can make sure our university community is
fully represented and what is happening on campus.
How does COVID-19 affect the Census?
In general, students in colleges and
universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be
counted as part of this process. Even if they are home on census day, April 1,
they should be counted according to the residence criteria which states
they should be counted where they live and sleep most of the time. We
are asking schools to contact their students and remind them to respond.
Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most
cases students living away from home at school should be counted at
school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19
We’re working with group quarters administrators to ensure we count their residents.
The 2020 Census is designed to offer multiple ways
to respond. We’re encouraging administrators of group housing to choose a
way to count their residents that requires less in-person contact.
For the “group quarters” operation, which counts
people in nursing homes, college dorms, prisons and other institutional
living facilities, we offer a myriad of ways to respond, such as
via eResponse, paper listing or self-enumeration by the facility.
We’re contacting all group quarters administrators
that have requested an in-person visit and asking them to consider
an eResponse or offering to drop off and later pick up paper forms to
minimize in person contact with our census staff.
Is my information safe?
Your responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and
protected by federal law. Your answers can only be used to produce
statistics. They cannot be used against you by any government agency or
court in any way—not by the FBI, not by the CIA, not by the DHS, and not
What will I be asked?
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What won't I be asked?
The census will never ask for Social Security numbers,
bank or credit card numbers, money or donations, or anything related to