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Missouri S&T – and the state of Missouri – needs your help. March 12 is the first day you can respond to the 2020 census online. Individuals who live in group housing — including students in residential halls and Greek houses — will not have the online option. Students in residential halls and Greek houses will receive paper forms the week of April 6.
The state of Missouri needs everyone to complete the survey and record the location they are at on Wednesday, April 1. The count effects federal student loans, research grants, university funding, health and social services, and federal legislation. For every adult and every child that is not counted in the census, our state will lose $1,300 in federal dollars every year.
The U.S. Census Bureau will make an internet link available in March. The department will also mail cards with PIN numbers to be used for filling out the census. You can still answer census questions by mail if you prefer.
A “Coffee, Doughnuts and Census” event will be hosted 9 a.m.-noon Monday, April 6, at the Puck for students who live off campus to drop by, enjoy refreshments and complete their census form online.
The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census covers the entire country and everyone living here. Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties, academia and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. Individuals’ data are confidential and federal law protects census responses. Answers can only be used to produce statistics.
Learn more at 2020census.gov.