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To apply for Schools and Libraries Program discounts, file an FCC Form 471 to provide USAC with information about the services you are requesting and the discount(s) for which you are eligible. USAC will review your request, may ask for additional information, and will then issue a funding decision.
The FCC Form 471 must be filed during a specific application window each year. In general, the application filing window opens about six months before the start of the funding year and is open for about two and a half months. All applications received or postmarked before the close of the filing window are considered as having arrived on the same day, and have priority over those submitted after the filing window has closed. The specific opening and closing dates of the filing window are published in advance on this website.
If a consultant is assisting you with the application process, provide the appropriate information in Item 6g of your FCC Form 471, including the consultant registration number.
After the FCC Form 471 is certified online or on paper, USAC will issue an FCC Form 471 Receipt Acknowledgment Letter (RAL). This letter features much of the information featured on the form, provides a means to correct certain errors, and discusses the next steps in the application process.
The information you must be ready to provide includes the following:
For each funding request (a service or set of services specific to both a category of service and a service provider) you must also provide:
Your certified FCC Form 471 and Item 21 attachment(s) are due on or before the close of the application filing window.
Once you have submitted your FCC Form 471 and Item 21 attachments, USAC’s Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) group can begin the review of your application.