(from ABC News Blog)
April 1 was officially National Census Day, the day the U.S. Census Bureau has set for completed forms to be sent back. So college students who may be missing the deadline have another task to add to their to-do lists: Sandwiched between study sessions, exams, and end-of-semester searches for jobs and internships is filling out the census form.
That means you, the college student, not your parents. Eun Kim, a public information officer with the Bureau, admitted that this demographic is actually one of the hardest to count during the Census period. Students have not dealt with the form before, and they often either do not acknowledge it, or they leave it up to Mom and Dad to fill out. But the Census is intended to be a snapshot of America, of what the country looks like demographically on or about April 1.
So parents listing children who are not living at home currently risk their being counted twice.
Students who live on campus -- in dormitories, residence halls, fraternity houses or sorority homes -- are given an Individual Census Report.Those who live off-campus in apartment complexes or rented homes must fill out a form that accounts for all the residents. International students and non-citizens should also complete their Census forms because they physically reside in the country at the time of questioning.
Read the rest of the story on the ABC News Blog, or see more about the US Census and international students in this International Student Blog post.