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.


USAC One Portal Maintenance – August 26

USAC will perform system updates on One Portal beginning at 8 p.m. ET on August 26 through 2 a.m. ET on August 27.

During this time all applications within One Portal will be unavailable including E-file, the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC),...

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E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 21 –22

The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, August 21...

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Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: August 19-20

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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USAC Website Maintenance – August 12

USAC’s websites will be temporarily unavailable beginning 11 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12. USAC expects the...

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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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