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Universities push to get students in Census 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WXOW)- Campuses around the country are using certain promotions in attempt to get college students to fill out their 2010 Census questionnaires this spring. Census data is used to assign federal funds, and a more thorough count that includes the student population can mean additional money for higher education.

To grab students' attention about filling out the questionnaire, campuses are using a wide variety of tactics. The student senate at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul has been setting up tables in the library, making classroom presentations and putting up posters in the hallways to draw awareness on this subject.

Across the country at the University of Texas at Arlington, a group of students is passing out candy bars with census information printed on the wrapper. A web campaign that features a "Real World" census- themed parody is also in place.

By raising college students' awareness on the importance of filling out the 2010 Census questionnaires in spring, the government can receive a more accurate count and distribute money where it is needed.


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