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.


E-Rate Systems Consolidation

USAC is consolidating its E-Rate SL Legacy systems into the E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC).  All E-Rate invoicing related forms – the FCC Forms 472 (Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR)), 473 (Service Provider Annual Certification (SPAC)), and 474 (Service Provider Invoice (SPI) and (eSPI)) – will be moved into EPC...

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Upcoming E-Rate Systems Consolidation Webinars

USAC will be hosting an E-Rate systems consolidation Training Overview webinars in October to introduce upcoming changes,...

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USAC Announces E-Rate 2023 Fall Training Schedule

USAC has confirmed the E-Rate Fall 2023 Training dates for applicants and service providers that wish to...

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

The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, September 17...

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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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