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What you and your student need to know about the 2020 Census

The U.S. Census is fast approaching, and we need your help to get an accurate count for our campus community by making sure your UC Berkeley students are counted!

An undercount means fewer resources for everyone. For every person not counted, our campus community loses $10,000.

Here are five things you need to know about this year’s census:

  1. There are many ways to complete it: Beginning in March 2020, everyone will be asked to complete the U.S. Census online, by phone, by mail or in person. How your student completes it depends on their living situation.
  2. You don’t need to count your students unless they live at home: Students are being asked to complete the census in the county they live in. If your student lives on campus, that would be Alameda County. Unless they are living with you, please encourage them to participate in our local census.
  3. It’s completely confidential: The census will not ask about citizenship status. All answers are confidential and protected by law.
  4. Students who live on campus or in group housing will be counted differently: Additional details on how to complete the census will be provided to your student in the coming weeks by housing staff.
  5. One final reason to participate: It could mean more financial aid: A more accurate census means more funding for Federal Pell Grants, and other transportation and community services.

For more information and a helpful Q&A for Berkeley students on the census, please visit: And for more information on the U.S. Census, including a look at the 2020 census form, please visit:

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