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Step 3:
Applying for Funding
Applying for Discounts

Applying for E-Rate discounts for a given funding year requires two steps.

First, during the Administrative Window you will prepare your EPC profile with updates to your member schools and the data that will be used on the Form 471 to calculate E-Rate discounts.

Second, during the Form 471 Filing Window you will file an FCC Form 471 to provide USAC with information about the services you are requesting and the calculated discount for which you are eligible.

Application Timeline

E-Rate funding commitments are made by the funding year. Each funding year runs from July 1 through the following June 30.

USAC refers to the funding year as the year in which services will begin (e.g. FY2019 is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

The application process starts the year before the funding year.