Legal Ruling Orders Census Count to Continue Through October

By Hugh T. Ferguson, NASFAA Staff Reporter

A federal judge has thrown a new wrinkle into the Trump administration’s effort to wrap up the 2020 census by September 30 by issuing a temporary restraining order that would require the Census Bureau to continue counting residents through the previous deadline of October 31. The administration will likely appeal the ruling from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in the Northern District of California, which could further complicate the 2020 census count and could endanger long-term federal funding for colleges and universities.

Undercounting of student populations on campus is especially problematic for institutions of higher education who remain at risk of losing federal funding for a number of resources and student programs, should their populations, particularly off-campus students, not be noted. 

Earlier this month the Department of Commerce’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) called for the immediate attention of the U.S. Census Bureau over concerns of not accurately accounting for university students living off campus for the 2020 census. Stay tuned to Today’s News for more coverage of the 2020 census.


Publication Date: 9/28/2020

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