Census 2020

Provides resources on the 2020 Census for students and the community

Census 2020 Information for Students and Why it Matters

What is the Census?

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States.  Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that this occur every 10 years.

Purpose of Census?

The results of the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats for each state in the House of Representatives and census data is the basis for federal funding distribution. The 2020 Census will determine the distribution of over $675 billion in annual allocations to communities.

Why is the Census Important for Students?

Many loans or grants you or UND receive are influenced by an accurate count of all students. These include critical programs such as Pell Grants, student wellness programs, and health care services.

How are College Students Counted?

  • College students who live in campus housing, will be counted with the help of campus housing officials.
  • College students who are living off-campus should count themselves at their off-campus address. 
  • College students who are living at their parents' or guardians' home while attending college should be counted at their parents' or guardians' home.
  • U.S. college students who are living and attending college outside the United States are not counted in the census.
  • Foreign 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.

More information: Who to Count? from the U.S. Census Bureau

It only takes about 10 minutes to complete to complete the Census. You can do it online, over the phone, or by mail.

2020 Census Sample Questionnaire

Census Questionnaire Assistance Guide & Resources

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