Students Urged to Complete Census Using School-Year Address

Image of University Center building with text, "Be Counted in the 2020 Census"
This year, the U.S. Census Bureau is conducting its 10-year count of residents of the United States. Mandated by the U.S. Constitution, Census 2020 is more than just a population count. It generates data that determines congressional representation, shapes federal and state legislative districts, determines funding levels for a wide variety of programs and initiatives, and helps businesses and governments make important decisions.

Why does it matter for students? The census drives federal money for student loans, investment in higher education, affordable housing, and where businesses locate jobs. All of this is based on residents filling out their census forms, and the Conway County population is lagging in its response rate.

 

Get counted, students

As of July, 60 percent of Conway County residents and 56.8 percent of Arkansas residents have filled out their census forms. To get the full funding that the state and county deserves, every person residing in the U.S. should be counted in the census.

Students can fill out the census based on where they would have been living on April 1, 2020, while attending UACCM. Students and the larger campus community should complete the census by September 31.

Non-English speakers: Paper forms are available in English and Spanish, and more resources are available for 50+ languages.

Virginia Hyer from the U.S. Census Bureau's Public Information Office explains that college students that normally live at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily living somewhere else due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Three ways to complete the Census

Respond Online: Most households received their invitation to respond to the 2020 Census between March 12-20. These official Census Bureau mailings will include detailed information and a Census ID for completing the census online: my2020census.gov

If you do not have an invitation to respond, simply indicate that you do not have a Census ID and then enter the address for which you are responding.

Respond by Phone: The Census Bureau can collect household information by phone and in multiple languages, including English and Spanish.

Respond by Mail: Homes in areas that are less likely to respond online will receive a paper questionnaire (sometimes known as the census form) and all homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone.

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