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.


Upcoming E-Rate Systems Consolidation Webinars

USAC will be hosting an E-Rate systems consolidation Training Overview webinars in October to introduce upcoming changes, prepare you for the transition, and guide you through steps you can take now to prepare for the transition from the SL Legacy invoicing systems to EPC.

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E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 17-18

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Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: September 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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