The US Census has given universities the following guidance: On April 1, you should be counted on the census where you live and sleep most of the time. If you are an MSU student living away from home at school, you should be counted in Bozeman on the census –– even if you are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations
A few minutes to define who we are as a nation
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers information about households by counting people where they live and sleep most of the time. It takes just 10 minutes to fill out the census form, but the information you provide affects your political representation in Congress and the allocations of billions of dollars in government funding for communities. A complete and accurate 2020 census shapes our future—and you can make a difference.
The Census counts people where they live and sleep most of the time
- A college student who stays most of the year at a college apartment will be counted there, not at their parents’ house where they stay during college breaks.
- An American student who is living and attending college outside the United States will not be counted in the Census.
- An international student who is living and attending college in the United States will be counted at his college residence.
Census data impacts things like:
- Federal student loans
- Federal research grants
- Campus improvements
- Campus funding
- Health and social services
- Federal legislation
- Federal funding
- School Safety
- Community mental health services
- Student wellness programs
- Medical Assistance Program
- Public Transportation