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United States Census 2020

April 9, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- While it's difficult to think of routine events during this challenging time, participation in the 2020 Census remains of vital importance for every person in the United States of America.

The 2020 Census is a count of each individual living in the country of the United States of America, as of April 1, 2020. 0ver $600 billion dollars in federal funds is distributed based on the Census. This includes funding programs that assist students, such as federal Pell Grants, safety, mental health services, student wellness programs, adult education grants, Medicaid and much more.

Counting College Students

Graphic of United States with caption reading: Be counted. Census data supports student services. According to the U.S. Census 2020, students should be counted in the place where you live most of the year. For most students, that's your college address, even if you are not at school right now due to the coronavirus. Students living on-campus are counted by the University.

Further guidance from the U.S. Census 2020 advises:

  • College students residing on campus or living near a university for the majority of the year will be counted in those individual households near and on the campus.
  • College students who reside at home will be counted by those households.
  • 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 the majority of the time.

To ensure you are counted, please complete the 2020 Census now at: my2020census.gov.