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.

1

Competitive Bidding

2

Selecting a Service Provider

3

Applying for Discounts

4

Application Review

5

Starting Services

6

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

Get Started or sign in to EPC.

Announcements

USAC Website Maintenance – August 12

USAC’s websites will be temporarily unavailable beginning 11 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12. USAC expects the maintenance to last up to two hours, but users may see intermittent outages beyond the initial window as the updates take effect.

Affected sites include USAC.orgLifelineSupport.orgAffordableConnectivity.gov, and EmergencyConnectivityFund.org.

We apologize...

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Filing the FCC Form 470 and the Competitive Bidding Process Webinar: August 25

The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on how to file the FCC Form 470...

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E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Upgrade: July 29 – 30

The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) will be unavailable from Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. ET through...

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E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: July 24 –25

The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, July 24...

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Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: July 15-16

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

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