COVID-19 Update: USAC remains open for business—Washington, DC office closed. Learn more about USF program responses.

How It Works

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program provides funding towards eligible services for schools and libraries.

Eligible Applicants

Public or private schools (K-12), libraries, and groups of schools and libraries (e.g., consortia, districts, systems) can apply for discounts on eligible services. See the full list.

Eligible Services

Internet access, telecommunications services, and related equipment are eligible for discounts. See the full list.

The Process

These steps will help applicants navigate the process to get funding. For service providers, please follow these steps.


Competitive Bidding


Selecting a Service Provider


Applying for Discounts


Application Review


Starting Services


Pay for discounted services
— or —
Pay for services and invoice USAC for reimbursement

Get Started or sign in to EPC.


SL News Brief Issued

The 5/29/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders, and answers to your questions in this weekly newsletter. Subscribe to it and receive it each week in your inbox.

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E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 31 – June 1

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. EDT through...

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FRN Status Tool Temporarily Unavailable

The FRN Status Tool has been taken down for maintenance. At this point, we expect our maintenance to take several days.

The 5/22/2020 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program...

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Special Edition News Brief – COVID-19 Resources for Schools and Libraries

special edition issue of the News Brief (5/21/2020) is now available. Receive E-rate...

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