FAQs

Calculating Discount Rates

District-wide Discount: Schools

Q1: How does the E-rate Modernization Order change the way schools calculate their E-rate Program discounts?
Q2: How does a school district calculate its discount?
Q3: What if some or all of the schools in my district participate in CEP? Does that change the way that I calculate my school district discount?
Q4: When does the district-wide discount rate requirement go into effect?
Q5: How does the district-wide rule affect districts that use alternative means to determine their discount percentage?
Q6: How does the E-rate Program define “school district?”
Q7: Can a district seeking Category Two purchases for only its most disadvantaged schools (i.e., those with more than 75 percent of their students qualifying for NSLP) apply on behalf of only those schools and get an 85 percent discount rate?
Q8: What is the definition of rural for purposes of the E-rate Program?
Q9: If half of the schools in a district are rural and the other half are urban, is the district considered rural?
Q10: How has the FCC Form 471 “Discount Calculation” section been changed to accommodate the new district-level calculations?

District-wide Discount: Libraries

Q13: How does the E-rate Modernization Order change the way libraries calculate their E-rate Program discounts?
Q14: How do the urban/rural designations apply to libraries and library systems?
Q15: Does the library always get the urban/rural status of the school district in which the central library outlet or main administrative office is located?
Q16: What is the definition of rural for purposes of the E-rate Program?
Q17: How should a library system with branches in more than one public school district calculate its discount?
Q18: How should a library system determine the central library outlet or main administrative office?
Q19: If the library system is applying as a system or an individual branch within that system is applying on its own, should it use the NSLP data for the public school district in which the library system main branch is located?
Q20: How do I calculate the discount rate for my bookmobile?

District-wide Discounts: Consortia

Q21: How does the district-wide rule affect consortia applications?
Q22: If a consortium wants to purchase an eligible service on behalf of only some of its members, can they use the discount rate for just those members or do they have to use the discount rate for all consortium members?