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Frequently Asked Questions

Should my parents/guardians just count me on their Census form? What if they already did?

No. You should NOT be counted by your parents or guardians. You should be counted at the place where you would have been living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day) prior to COVID-19 changes. As a college student you should be counted where you live when attending college, even if you are not living there due to the COVID-19. If your parents or guardians already counted you, please fill out the form if you live in off-campus housing, Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green, or Orchard Downs. If you live in University Housing, Private Certified Hosing or a Fraternity or Sorority House, you do not need to do anything. The Census will reconcile the submissions and you won’t get double counted.

I live in University Housing, do I need to fill out the form?

No. If you live in University Housing, the University of Illinois will share your information with the Census Bureau. This also applies to residents in Private Certified Housing and Fraternity and Sorority Houses. However, it does NOT apply to residents in Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green, and Orchard Downs apartments.

I live off-campus (not in University Housing), do I need to fill out the Census form?

Yes. See "Off-Campus Housing” FAQs.

I was studying abroad for the semester, but returned to the United States as a result of COVID-19, what do I do?

If you were studying abroad and have returned to the United States by April 1, you should be counted where you are living on April 1, 2020.

Do I use my local (Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, etc.) address or my home/permanent/parents’ address if I am a University of Illinois student?

You will use your local address (i.e. Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, etc.). Use your local address even if you are not living there on April 1st due to the COVID-19.

What if I don’t have the Census ID that came in the mail?

You can still fill out the Census form without a Census ID. When prompted for the Census ID, just click on the link “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” under the Census ID boxes when you go to fill out the Census form online (opens in new window).

Screenshot of Census ID webpage

How is the Census data used?

Under Title 13 of the US Code, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about individuals, households, or businesses, even to law enforcement agencies. All responses to the US Census Bureau surveys are kept completely confidential by law and can only be used to produce statistics. You can learn more about the 2020 Census and confidentiality (pdf) on the US Census website.