It Counts to Get Counted

MN State Colleges & Universities urges students to get counted in 2010 census

Required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2010. Residents are instructed to answer the form’s 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided.

MnSCU Public Relations Director Melinda Voss reports, “Census data affect funding for tuition grant and loan programs as well as other critical services offered by the system’s colleges and universities and their campus communities. Overall, the allocation of more than $400 billion a year in federal funds is affected by census data. Data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats that Minnesota has in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

“All undergraduate and graduate students, including foreign students who live in Minnesota, should be counted,” MnSCU Chancellor James McCormick said. “Historically, college students have been hard for the census to track. We are encouraging our colleges and universities to provide information and assistance to make sure students complete census forms.”

For more information about the 2010 Census, please visit the following links:

  • Students at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities urged to make sure they are counted in 2010 census
  • 2010 Census Home
  • 2010 United States Census