For Brown University students who live off campus, participation in the 2020 U.S. Census is essential.
This year’s census is critical for Brown’s home state of Rhode Island. One of the state’s two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is at stake — as is an Electoral College vote and the distribution of $975 billion in federal funds that support programs in education, food assistance, social services and more. For those reasons, it is essential to ensure that the 2020 Census count is as comprehensive as possible.
[On March 15, the U.S. Census Bureau issued new guidance for college students in light of novel coronavirus. Details on process and timeline adjustments due to COVID-19 are available here. Or, please see the first FAQ, below, for details.]
The Census is a snapshot of every person in the U.S. where they live on April 1, regardless of the state of a driver's license, voter registration or immigration status. While Brown will provide data for students who live on campus, students who live off campus must self-report per apartment or household to be counted. Participation by all students who live off campus — undergraduate, graduate and medical, including international students — is critical.
One of the most important considerations for students to keep in mind is that only one report can be submitted per apartment or household. For that reason, it’s essential to speak with roommates and coordinate a response before submitting the Census form. Please consider this now and urge your roommates: “Don’t count me out!”
Responding is easy and can be done online. Students living off campus should look for an official mailing from the U.S. Census between March 12 and 20 with details. Additional information is available at www.census.gov, and questions can be addressed to [email protected].