Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

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Before You Begin

Updated September 2015

Educational Purposes

Activities that are integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students, or in the case of libraries, integral, immediate, and proximate to the provision of library services to library patrons, qualify as "educational purposes."

Activities that occur on library or school property are presumed to be integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students or the provision of library services to library patrons and are therefore eligible for discounts on associated services.

Eligibility of Category One Services Off-site

In certain limited circumstances, telecommunications services used offsite may be eligible. Examples of these eligible uses include:

  • A school bus driver's use of wireless telecommunications services while delivering children to and from school
  • A library staff person's use of wireless telecommunications service on a library's mobile library unit van or bookmobile
  • A teacher's use of wireless telecommunications service while accompanying students on a field trip or sporting event.

This provision applies to telecommunications services only. Internet access services used offsite, including email services, are not eligible for funding.

See Non-Instructional Facilities for a discussion of the eligibility of Category One and Category Two services delivered on-site.

Eligible Activities

The customary activities that occur on school or library property are presumed to fall under the definition of educational purposes.

Examples of eligible activities for schools include, but are not limited to, the school-related activities of school administrators, school counselors, school nurses, school technology workers, cafeteria workers, security guards, and school bus drivers.

Examples of eligible activities for libraries include, but are not limited to, the library-related activities of library administrators, library technology workers, library bookmobile drivers, interlibrary loan workers, and security guards. All eligible products and services must be provided to and paid for by the entities indicated as receiving service.