Census 2020 Information
Every household in the United States has received an invitation to complete the 2020 Census. We’re counting on your participation. Census results:
- Directly impact federal funding and congressional representation
- Affect higher education and professional opportunities, including: research funding, federal loans and grants, and careers in fields such as medicine, social work and sciences
- Improve our quality of life through road improvements, resources for public works, and other business and community development programs
Distinguished as the state’s flagship, The University of Alabama is dedicated to supporting this national endeavor. Complete the 2020 U.S. Census in support of the University and the state of Alabama.
Completing the Census
Although students are home due to COVID-19 precautions and may be taking courses online right now, they should be counted at their school address. The census is available online, by mail and phone in 13 languages. Instructions for census participation vary slightly depending on your circumstances. During the 2019-2020 academic year, if you are a:
- Student who lived on campus
You are automatically included in the University count. While you will not complete a census, encourage your off-campus friends to participate and share information on who to count with your family.
- Student who lived off campus, with or without roommates
Complete the census online, by mail or phone. If you have roommates, include all residents in the household on one census only.
- Faculty and staff
Complete the census now, and encourage students to complete the census based on their school address, unless they live with family full time and day-to-day.
Be Counted in the Right Place: What Students and Families Should Know
Census Myth-Busting Facts
- The census self-response phase, March 12 to July 31, has been extended to October 31 due to Covid-19.
- Your household count does NOT affect how you identify dependents for tax purposes.
- The 2020 census form does NOT include a citizenship question.
- The census counts every person living in the country, not just U.S. citizens.
- You will NOT be asked about your religion, political affiliation or income.
- The census is NOT voluntary; it is mandated by federal law.
- If the census is not completed for a household, U.S. Census Bureau representatives will follow up with phone calls and home interviews.
For Additional Information
- Complete the U.S. Census online now
- U.S. Census 2020 homepage
- Who to include in your household count
- Where is “home” for college students
- Questions asked on the U.S. Census
- Protecting your census data
- Important dates
- Other frequently asked questions