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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 Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 29-30

The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET through Monday, May 30 at 1:00 a.m. ET for monthly system maintenance. During this time, users will be unable to log in to and use EPC....

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Extended CSC Hours for FY2022 Filing Window for Tribal Libraries

The FY2022 application filing window for new Tribal Libraries closes...

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Beginning Services Webinar: June 9

The E-Rate program will host a Beginning Services Webinar on June 9, 2.p.m. This webinar will provide applicants...

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Legacy System and E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 20-21

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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PIA and Selective Review Process Webinar: May 12

The E-Rate program will host a PIA and Selective Review Process Webinar on May 12, 2.p.m. This webinar...

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