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E-rate: Universal Service Fund E-rate for Iowa Districts and Schools


Public school districts, nonpublic schools, area education agencies and public libraries are eligible to apply for funding under the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) "E-rate" Program. E-rate provides discounts on telecommunications services (such as telephone service and data circuits), Internet, and internal connections (such as routers and switches).

E-rate Form 471 Webinar

The E-rate program Form 471 application “window” for funding year 2017 (2017-18 school year) will open on Monday, February 27, and will close on Thursday, May 11, at 10:59 p.m. CDT. The form is available through the E-rate “EPC” portal. To ensure you apply correctly, you are encouraged to participate in one of the informational webinars (no advance registration needed).

E-Rate funding year 2017: Filing Form 471 (repeat sessions; select one)

  • Wednesday, March 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 14, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 16, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 22, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

For those unable to participate in any session, send Pam Jacobs an email at and a recording will be made available to you after March 25.

E-rate Update Fall 2016

Funding Year 2015 Wrap Up

For most Iowa E-rate applicants, now is time to wrap up funding year 2015, including ensuring that you have filed for all E-rate reimbursements for the 2015-16 school year (aka E-rate funding year 2015). In general, October 28, 2016 is the deadline for recurring services for the 2015-16 school year. These services are typically telephone, Internet, and WAN circuits. (If you received E-rate discounts on bills, then this deadline does not apply to you).

Funding Year 2016 Action

While E-rate funding waves for the 2016-17 school year (aka E-rate Funding Year 2017) are running behind previous years, many Iowa applicants have been approved for their E-rate funding. This year all funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) are found in the E-rate EPC portal. Form 486 is found in the portal as well. E-rate rules specify that form 486 must be filed 120 days after start of service or 120 days after the date of the FCDL, whichever is later.
Learn more about these important deadlines, as well as what we may expect for funding year 2017. Join in one of the following webinars (repeat sessions). If you cannot attend, a recording will be posted here after September 22.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on September 26, 2017 at 11:32am.