A fair and accurate 2020 census count is incredibly important to New York City and the CUNY community.
The census determines how much federal funding the state and city will receive for services that CUNY students and others depend on such as:
- PELL grants
- food stamps
- student wellness programs and much, much more
In addition, the census is a cornerstone of U.S. democracy. The members of the U.S. House of Representatives are distributed according to population, which is measured by the census.
The responses to the 2020 census are safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Responses can only be used to produce statistics. They cannot be used against individual people by any government agency or court in any way.