Tennessee Tech Counts
Tennessee Tech Counts!
Complete the 2020 Census.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many students may have returned to their primary residences. However, students should still respond to the census with their Cookeville address. Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, students who were living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students can respond to the census online at 2020census.gov. It is important that students respond with their college residence in Cookeville, regardless of where they are living now. A 12-digit Census ID was probably mailed to off-campus apartments and houses, but you do not need it to fill out your census form online. Just select “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” and follow the prompts to enter your Cookeville address. If you lived with roommates, designate one person to answer for everyone in the home.
International students should also respond to the census. All residents of the United States on April 1, 2020, regardless of citizenship, visa type, or immigration status, are included in the count.
Complete the 2020 Census today:
1. Go to 2020census.gov
2. Enter your Cookeville or campus address in the census questionnaire or use the 12-digit Census ID from the Census invitation sent to your Cookeville address.
3. Complete the questions as prompted. If you have roommates, designate one person to complete the form including information for anyone who lives in the home.
Q: Will my answers to the Census form be private and confidential?
A: Yes. According to federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share your response information until 72 years after the information is collected. So, feel confident in being completely honest when filling out the Census form. It is illegal for the government to share any of your personal information.
Q: Should my parents list me on their Census form?
A: College students should be counted where they live and go to school most of the year. You should be counted at your parents’ home only if you live and sleep there most of the year.
Q: What kind of information does the Census collect?
A: The basic information collected by the US Census Bureau includes:
- Your name
- Telephone Number (only used if they have questions about what was submitted)
- Date of Birth
- Hispanic/Latino/Spanish Origin
Q: Do I have to fill out the Census form?
A: You absolutely should! The United States Constitution requires that a headcount of every person living in the U.S. be collected every 10 years. This information is used to make important decisions such as providing proportionate representation, funding schools, hospitals and roads, and more. Those who don’t fill out the Census form will be contacted multiple times by the Census bureau as they work to get an accurate count. It is a good idea to fill out your Census form – make sure you count!