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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.

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

No.The University of Illinois will share your information with the Census Bureau. Except for Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green and Orchard Downs apartments (See Ashton Woods, Goodwin-Green and Orchard Downs FAQs).

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.