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.


Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program

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E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Outage Due to System Maintenance: June 16-17

The E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) and the EPC training site will be unavailable from Sunday, June 16...

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Beginning E-Rate Services Webinar: June 20 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (ET).

This session gives applicants and service providers a high-level overview of the next steps in the E-Rate...

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American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference

Visit USAC at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference June 27-July 2, 2024, Booth #2926, in San Diego. 

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2024 In-Person Training Registration Opens

E-Rate experts will provide training and discuss program updates. There will be time at the end of the...

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