Colleges and the 2020 Census
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is working with Census to share updates on the 2020 Census.
Census has posted an updated document here.
Given that many students who usually reside on college campuses may not currently be on campus, Census has 3 updates/reminders:
Colleges that chose the paper (drop off/pick up) method are urged to move to e-response;
In most cases, students who would ordinarily be on campus full-time but are living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere (such as home) due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and
Off-campus students can complete a response through the Internet at my2020census.gov.
Please contact SPPO at FERPA@ed.gov if you have questions.
The Department recently issued techncial assistance on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure by IHEs or postsecondary institutions of certain personally identifiable information (PII) from student education records to representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the 2020 Census.
Department of Education Resources
- Letter on "2020 Census and FERPA"
- Colleges and the 2020 Census Webinar - Recording
- Colleges and the 2020 Census Webinar - Slides
- Letter to Postsecondary Institutions about the American Community Survey (ACS)
- Ensuring an Accurate Count of College Students and Towns in the 2020 Census
- Group Quarters Enumeration
- Group Quarters Advance Contact
- eResponse website
- Informational Copy of the Individual Census Questionnaire - Stateside English
- Informational Copy of the Individual Census Questionnaire - Stateside Spanish
- Informational Copy of the Individual Census Questionnaire - Remote Alaska English
- Informational Copy of the Individual Census Questionnaire - Puerto Rico English
- Informational Copy of the Individual Census Questionnaire - Puerto Rico Spanish