After reading all the FAQs below, click the link to fill out the U.S. Census.
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 or your roommate(s) need to fill out the form. 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.
Do I use my local (Champaign, Urbana, Savoy, etc.) address or my home 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 due to the COVID-19.
If I live with roommates, do we fill out our own forms?
Ideally, one form should be filled out per address, and one person should respond on behalf of everyone living in your apartment our house.
However, if you cannot coordinate your response with your roommates for any reason, please fill out your own form and include any information that you know about everyone who normally lives in your apartment or house too. If you are not sure about an answer, leave it blank and respond anyway.
You can learn more about how to fill out your form by watching this video (video) from the Census Bureau.
Note: If you need to leave an answer field blank, you may receive an error message when you try to submit the form saying that an answer is missing. This is a soft error message that will disappear after a couple of attempts. Try to submit your form again, and the computer system should accept your answers on the third try. For example, if you do not know your roommate’s ethnic origin or birthdate and you left those fields blank, it will still take the form online. The only field that must be answered about your roommates in order for the system to accept the online form is the question about how many people live at your address.
Do I include my family’s information?
All people living in the apartment should be counted, including family members/children.
What happens if I don’t provide all the information?
If you leave a field blank, your answers will still count, but an employee from the Census Bureau may come to your apartment or house or call you to ask for the missing information.
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).
I live in Private Certified Housing or Fraternity or Sorority House, do I need to fill out the Census?
No. The University of Illinois will submit your information to the Census Bureau.
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.