Group Quarters: Students who board in a dormitory or other by-the-bed university housing, including some fraternity and sorority houses, will be counted through the residence administrator. These residents will not respond directly to the Census Bureau.
Renters: Students who rent or stay in a private apartment or house will self-respond to the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau will send a mailing to each housing unit (“123 Main Street, Apartment B,” for instance). Residents can respond online, by phone, or by mail, listing everyone living there on the same form.
The 2020 Census count is critical for higher education. Census data determine the allocation of more than $1.5 trillion each year for essential federal programs, such as scholarships, college readiness, campus facility improvements, research, and extension programs.