What is the U.S. Census?

Every 10 years, the United States counts every person living in the country to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and to distribute hundreds of billions in federal funding, which will impact and shape our community for the next decade. College students will be counted where they reside on April 1, 2020.

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What would you do with $3,000?

Why You Count

Every MCC student who fills out a form earns approximately $3,000 for the State of Arizona.

An undercount of just 1% could result in a loss of $620 million to the state over the next 10 years.

State funds go toward services like federal student loan programs, healthcare, hospitals, affordable housing, job creation, and public transportation.

By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. You will have three options for responding:

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Get a reminder when it's time to respond.

Impact of the Census on You

Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems.

Think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program, Pell grants, school lunches, rural education and for grants that support teachers, pre-school and special education.

Think of your healthcare: Census results affect planning and funding for healthcare including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.

Students on campus, including student with in wheelchair

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A pair of students comparing notes

Get involved with the Census efforts at MCC and earn service awards as an MCC student. Additional details and information on student efforts.