Colleges and the 2020 Census - Coronavirus Update

Last Updated: March 2020

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is working with Census to share updates on the 2020 Census.

Census has posted an updated document at

Given that many students who usually reside on college campuses may not currently be on campus, Census has 3 updates/reminders:

  1. Colleges that chose the paper (drop off/pick up) method are urged to move to e-response;
  2. 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
  3. Off-campus students can complete a response through the Internet at

The Student Privacy Policy Office or SPPO has provided information on the implications of FERPA under each of the enumeration methods at --

Please contact SPPO at if you have questions.