Mandated by the Constitution and conducted once every 10 years, the U.S. Census counts every person living in the United States. The 2020 Census is taking place right now, and though the current conditions in the country may be unusual, participation in the count remains as important as ever. The census impacts government representation at the state and federal level, as well as access to state and federal funding and the provision of social services.
The census considers college students to be residents of the cities and towns where they normally live while attending school. That means, even if students have temporarily relocated due to COVID-19, they should fill out the census as if they were still at school, including all students who will be graduating in May 2020.