Information For College Students:
- Students (and others) are supposed to fill out the census with their normal college address as of April 1, 2020, regardless of their current location due to the outbreak.
- Students who do not regularly live at home with their parent or guardian should NOT be listed as residing at their address, regardless of tax status as a dependent.
- Students living in university or university recognized Greek housing do NOT need to fill out the census. The government works directly with their university/organization to receive their information.
Did You Know?
- The Census counts everyone who lives in the United States, regardless of legal immigration or citizenship status.
- Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year and how many seats in Congress each state gets.
- Some of this funding directly affects college students, such as access to Pell Grants, so it is important that they are accurately counted.
- Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the census has extended the response deadline from July 31st to August 14th.
- 2020 Census FAQ
By Law, All Census Data is Confidential
Responses to the 2020 Census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics—they cannot be used against you in any way. By law, all responses to U.S. Census Bureau household and business surveys are kept completely confidential.
The responses also cannot be used against you by any government agency or court in any way—not by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), not by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), not by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and not by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The law requires the Census Bureau to keep your information confidential and use your responses only to produce statistics.
What is MitzVote?
MitzVote is Hillel International’s non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign and civic engagement initiative. This campaign aims to provide Jewish students with the education and resources they need to mobilize their campuses to vote in the 2020 election cycle. As a national partner in the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, MitzVote connects Hillels across the country to their non-partisan, student voting coalition on campus. The Hebrew word, mitzvot, in Jewish tradition, are guidelines for how to lead a righteous Jewish life. We chose the name MitzVote for this campaign because we believe voting is a Jewish obligation. There are 613 mitzvot. We consider voting the 614th.