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Census 2020


Working alongside Campus Compact, the CEC encourages the NLU community to participate in the 2020 Census. It’s essential that everyone is counted.

What is the Census? Why does it matter?

At its core, the census can have a large effect on different parts of your community. Since 1790, the U.S has counted its population every 10 years. The questionnaire provided works to record everyone who is living in the country, based on your address on April 1st. The data provided works to inform funding for services like schools, clinics, construction projects, and many other public structures and programs. The census determines how much funding state governments and local communities receive federally for the next decade. Without an accurate reflection of your state and communities, the government can’t properly distribute funds. That is why you deserve to be counted.

Additionally, the results of the Census gathered from each state determines how many seats in Congress is received. Meaning, Illinois will be represented in the U.S House of Representatives depending on our recorded population.

However, Illinois risks losing a seat in the House, as our population appears to be decreasing. If everyone is not properly counted in Illinois, our population will appear lower, resulting in less representation in Congress. This trend of losing representatives has continuously happened for over 50 years.

Is the Census only for U.S citizens/ Permanent Residents?

Nope! If you live in the United States, you deserve to be counted! Regardless of citizenship status, we all rely on resources and funding in the US. There is absolutely no citizenship question on the 2020 Census either, and citizenship status is kept completely confidential.

What are some issues faced in past decades?

Historically, many communities have been undercounted, and consequently underrepresented. Check out here to see a map of the response rates in your area: Census Response Rates, "Hard to Count" Maps

You may be wondering what leads to so many communities not being counted. By a lack of awareness and distrust from misinformation, many have not participated in previous Census countsBy working to educate the public, we can eliminate this issue of miscounting.

The National Louis University community is among the many who are dependent on the funds received from Census knowledge. 

Along with the rest of the U.S population, NLU students will be counted based on their “usual residence”, referring to where you live most of the year. With the majority of our student body being commuters who live off campus, you most likely will be counted at the residence you call home, away from school. However, if you are a student who lives in the Infinite dorms Downtown Chicago, you will be counted with your residence hall.

The Census and Our NLU Community

If you’re a student of the UGC at National Louis University, it’s likely this is your first time being aware of the Census, here’s a breakdown of how it effects our school:

Financial Aid:

The Pell Grant program, which provides financial aid to qualifying low-income students, is one of the top five federal programs funded based on census data. You’ve likely heard of the Pell Grant and it’s connection to student financial aid.

If students don’t participate in the Census, the Pell Grant majorly risks a lack of funding, meaning college students risk less financial aid, and ultimately left to pay even more out of pocket for college costs.

First-Gen Students

First-generation students have a high potential of experiencing the greatest negative impact from the state population being undercounted.

Job-training and career readiness:

As employment opportunities shift with demographic changes, NLU wants to ensure students are career-ready when graduating. However, business owners, state government, and college leaders must receive enough money to improve career programs and support students. Meaning, the transportation system you take to get to class, or the programs offered to support your career goals, all depend on our community being properly accounted for.

Remember, the Census begins on April 1st 2020! You can respond in a few ways:


This is the fastest and easiest way! The Census will be available online for the first time in its history. To fill it out online, it is important to have the materials mailed to you. After April 1st, log onto . With the information you received in the mail, you will receive a personal 12-digit Census ID to log in with.

Other methods to fill out the 2020 Census are:

By mail: You will receive your invitation in the mail, be sure to look out for it and mail it back to the given return address after completion

By Phone: If completing the survey by phone works best, you may call 1-800-354-7271 and speak to the staff in the ACS and they will provide guidance for each question as needed in order for you to complete the survey.

In Person : A census taker may stop by homes and communities to record your households in person, however this is most common in rural areas. More commonly, a census taker will stop by your residence and drop off the census invitation, for your family to fill out at your convenience.   

Curious to learn more? Want to help spread the word?

To read more about the Census and its importance:

Feel free to print out or post the following flyers to share the word!

Census 101 Flyer

2020 Census FAQ Flyer

Remember to post about the Census using the hashtags #CampusCompactIL or #Census2020


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