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.


2019 Online Applicant Training Series Now Available

The 2019 online applicant training series is now available. This series provides a self-paced, online learning option for those E-rate Program participants who were unable to attend our fall training events or who want a refresher. We encourage you to view the offerings in this series and let us know...

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SL News Brief Issued

The 12/13/2019 issue of the SL News Brief is now available. Receive E-rate Program tips, deadline reminders,...

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Legacy System Outage Due to System Maintenance: December 13-14

The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program legacy systems will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. ET...

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E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: December 15-16

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday,...

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FCC Releases FY2020 Eligible Services List

The FCC has released the Eligible Services List (ESL) for Funding Year (FY) 2020 (DA...

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