E-Rate Overview

Have You Received Your E-rate Funding?

We’re in the second year of E-rate Modernization, and many schools haven’t taken advantage of the funding that’s available—nearly 4 billion dollars. E-rate has improved since it started nearly 20 years ago—and a lot has changed. With E-rate 2.0, all applicants who submitted an eligible and timely application in funding years 2015 and 2016 received funding.

That’s big news!

Take the First Step

Start the application process today and get significant E-rate dollars for your school. Follow the six steps here. Or download our quick-reference guide.

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Step 1    Competitive Bidding—Begin the process by requesting bids from service providers. Your RFP and Form 470 will be posted for 28 days minimum (the competitive bidding period), during which time service providers will send you pricing bids.

Step 2    Selecting Service Providers—After you close your competitive bidding process, you can evaluate the bids received and choose the bid that is the most cost-effective.

Step 3    Applying for Discounts—After you’ve chosen your provider, you’ll apply for funding using form 471. Make sure to submit during the specified filing window.

Step 4    Application Review—After you file and certify an FCC Form 471 within the filing window, Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) reviewers at USAC check the information on your form for completeness and accuracy and may have additional questions for you to answer.

Step 5    Starting Services—Submit form 486 after you’ve received your funding decision commitment letter (FDCL). Form 486 confirms that services have started and also allows you to certify to the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Step 6    Invoicing—After USAC has processed your FCC Form 486, you or your service provider can begin the process of invoicing USAC for the discount share of the approved eligible services, using either SPI or BEAR method.

Take Advantage of Expanded E-rate Funding

Take Advantage of Expanded E-rate Funding

Product Marketing Manager Dan Rivera from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, explains recent updates and changes to the E-rate program. Watch this video and get started today.

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