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).
Funding Year 2016 Funding Wave 9 Spreadsheet (2016-08-22)
Funding Year 2016 Funding Waves 1-8 Spreadsheet (2016-08-18)
Funding Year 2016
New for funding year 2016! All the E-rate forms for E-rate Funding Year 2016 (the 2016-017 school year) are being updated and will be available only within the new E-rate “portal” called EPC (pronounced "epic").
A link to EPC along with instructions may be found at http://www.usac.org/sl/tools/e-rate-productivity-center/default.aspx.
USAC has announced the deadline for filing E-rate funding year 2016 form 471. The form 471 must be submitted no later than 10:59 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 29.
In preparation for filing form 471, webinars are being offered to get you started with the important updating of information in the new E-rate portal EPC. For those unable to attend the webinar dates, recordings of the webinars will be posted to this webpage sometime after the last offering date.
E-rate funding year 2016: Filling Form 471 (repeat sessions; select one) For those unable to attend, a recording will be posted to this webpage sometime after the March 23 webinar date.
E-rate Newcomers' Session, Fall 2015 (Part I and II) - Sessions are designed to provide an overview of the Universal Service Fund E-rate program for public school districts and non-public schools. Topics covered in Parts I and II include what types of products and service are eligible for E-rate discounts, how the discount for your district or school is calculated, and the timeframe for applying for E-rate support. It is recommended that newcomers to the E-rate program view both Parts I and II in that order.
• Part I Video
• Part II Video
E-rate Form 470, Funding Year 2016, Part I - Focuses on the basic steps to follow to file form 470 for the 2016-17 school year including newly eligible E-rate eligible products and services and how to access the new E-rate portal (EPC).
E-rate Form 470, Funding Year 2016, Part II - Demonstrates filing form 470 via the new E-Rate portal (EPC). This video walks through the actual online form including how to upload an RFP, select the products and services for which you request bids, and examples of the narrative to further describe those services.
E-rate funding year 2016: Getting Ready for Form 471 - Provides step-by-step demonstration of how to update school district and individual school profiles in the E-rate portal EPC in advance of filing form 471. The video shows how to (a). enter enrollment and NSLP data for each school, (b). indicate whether schools are urban or rural, (c). respond to connectivity questions, and (d). provide information about contracts for E-rate products and services.