USF Funds Transfer to the U.S. Treasury

Effective immediately, as of May 2018, USAC will accept payments to and distribute funds from the U.S. Treasury. Note: This is not a change to USAC’s administration of the USF.

How to Pay USAC:

  • Beginning with the May invoice (due June 15, 2018), entities are required to pay their USF contributions using E-File, our online system.
  • Alert: USAC's new bank and routing number for ACH payments is now available in the FAQs section in the E-File system.

There are several changes to the process of paying your USF contributions. Most notably, USAC will no longer accept checks or wire transfers. USAC will accept Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments or credit/debit card. Additionally, payments must be made through USAC’s online E-File system.

For more information about how to pay USAC, and to watch video tutorials, please visit

How USAC Will Pay USF Recipients through the U.S. Treasury:

For those receiving disbursements from USAC, no changes are needed. In May, disbursements will come from the U.S. Treasury, continue to be made via ACH transfers, and continue to be identified as coming from USAC. Read more about Program Disbursements

3/14/2018: Prepare for the Transfer--Add Users to E-File

After the USF is transferred to the U.S. Treasury, all contributions to the USF must be initiated from E-File. Therefore, you may need to add users ("preparers") to E-File, which only company officers can do. Watch this brief video on how to add a preparer to E-File.

Changes to Contributing, Receiving Payments, and Returning Funds

This transfer will mean a few changes for those companies that contribute to the USF, service providers who participate in any of the four USF programs, and those schools and libraries who receive direct payments from USAC.


Beginning in the second quarter of 2018, these are the changes to the process for USF Contributors:

  • USAC will no longer accept checks or wire transfers.
  • Payments will be made through USAC's online E-File system.
  • E-File will be modified to process payments through the U.S Treasury's system.
  • USAC will accept Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment from your bank or credit/debit card.
Service Providers and Directly-Paid Schools and Libraries

Beginning in the second quarter of 2018, disbursements will continue to be made via ACH payments; they will come from the U.S. Treasury instead of USAC's current banking institution. The ACH payments will be identified as coming from USAC as they are today. USAC will continue to operate the Universal Service Fund.

USF recipients will not be affected by this change and do not need to take any action.

Returning Funds to USAC: COMADs, Returned Funds, Program Recovery Payments

All non-contribution payments to USAC, such as returned funds, COMADs (commitment adjustments), and program recovery payments, must be paid through USAC will not accept checks or wire transfers after the second quarter of 2018.

Further Information

Please email with questions, using the subject line "Treasury."