Whether you live in Edinboro or at home with your family, it is critical that you are counted in the 2020 Census. Census Data impacts Pell Grants and federal funding to the community.
If you lived on campus during the 2019-2020 academic year, you are already counted and do not need to do anything.
Students who resided in an off-campus residence during the 2019-2020 academic year need to complete the Census with their housemates, even if they temporarily relocated due to COVID-19.
Off-campus residents should complete the Census using the address where they lived (or would have been living if COVID-19 had not occurred) on April 1.
The Census should be completed once per household or rental unit. One person should submit a single form on behalf of all individuals who lived in the household, even if they were already included by parents or relatives on the Census form at their permanent address. If you lived with roommates, contact them to coordinate the submission process. You will need some basic information for each of your roommates, including first and last name and date of birth. If the exact date of birth is not known, use Jan. 1 of the birth year.
If you are unable to contact your roommates for their information or if you are not sure whether your roommate has already completed the Census on behalf of your household, please submit the Census for the entire household. The Census Bureau has tools in place to eliminate duplicate responses.
You can respond to the Census in one of three ways: online, by phone or through the mail. On average, it takes about 10 minutes to complete the form for a household of four. Visit my2020census.gov to begin.
Check out this short video with more information from the Census Bureau: 2020 Census: What College Students Need to Know to Be Counted in the Right Place.
Why is it important to fill out the Census?
Census data impacts school safety, mental health services and Pell Grants.
The amount of Pell Grant money available in a given area is based on the population data of the region, not on the number of university students. It is vital for students living in the Edinboro community to be counted in the population data. A low population count in Edinboro can lead to future cuts in Pell Grant money.
Census data also influences federal funding for road maintenance in the Borough of Edinboro and allocations to local schools, hospitals and other vital programs.
For more information, visit the Census Bureau’s website.