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Census forms distributed to living groups this week

Students who live on campus or in a FSILG will receive a census form this week. The census must be filled out as soon as it arrives and mailed back by National Census Day, April 1, 2010. Anyone who does not complete the census form will be fined $100 by the Federal Government, and MIT is legally obligated to provide directory information on them to Census officials, who will visit to ensure completion of the form.

MIT is distributing the census forms to all residents of institute-approved housing. MIT is also keeping a website ( to answer any questions that the community may have about the census; students can find direct contacts about the census in their residence and look at examples of a census form. For more information e-mail

The U.S. Federal Census is a count of everyone residing in the United States, including US citizens, permanent residents, and aliens. Information collected by the census is confidential and will be used for purposes such as the allocation of funds to infrastructure, research and transportation.

— Jingyun Fan