Welcome to E-Rate
Welcome to E-Rate! This is a Federally funded program that provides funding for telecommunications, internet access, and internal connections to K-12 schools and public libraries on an annual basis. Applicants can receive from 20% to 90% discounts on their services, based on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program statistics.
The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain high-speed Internet access and telecommunications at affordable rates.
This guide will hopefully be of assistance for navigating the E-Rate program.
Apply for E-rate
E-rate Website: http://usac.org/sl
To access most forms, applicants will be using the E-Rate Productivity Center, or EPC (pronounced Epic). Also referred to as the portal, EPC not only allows applicants to file forms, but also keeps data from prior years.
There are 3-5 forms that an applicant will fill out during a typical E-rate cycle. The forms are:
- Form 470
- Form 471
- Form 486
- Form 472 (optional if you receive discounted bills)
- Form 500 (optional)
Reimbursements are only made via direct deposit via the Schools and Libraries Division. In order to set up this direct deposit, each applicant will need to file Form 498. This is typically a one-time form, although applicants will need to re-file this form if their account information changes.