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Census to count college students


ST. PAUL, MN (AP) -- University groups are pressing students to get counted in the 2010 Census because a thorough count can mean more federal funding for higher education in their states.

Students at the University of California, Berkeley, can win free textbooks if they fill out their Census forms.

Student leaders at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, have been lobbying their classmates in the hallways and classrooms.

And at Kent State in Ohio, students pushing the census plan to hit local bars to stamp the address of their Facebook page on revelers' hands.

The government uses census data to apportion seats in Congress and dole out about $400 billion annually in federal funds.

It's also used in federal tuition grant and loan programs.

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