Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

FY2019 Application Filing Window Closes at 11:59 PM EDT March 27






Trainings & Outreach

Updated January 2019

E-rate Program Applicant Training Series

This suite of 14 applicant training courses includes the content delivered in the 2018 fall applicant training series. To begin your self-paced training, click one of the links below. The length of each module is listed with a brief description of the training and the recommended E-rate participant experience level.


Introduction to the E-rate Program
07:35 minutes | Beginner

Learn about the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program mission and application process.


Basic Concepts
13:30 minutes | Beginner

Learn about basic E-rate Program concepts such as eligibility, discounts, application process timelines and program terminology.


Introduction to E-rate Productivity Center (EPC)
11:04 minutes | Beginner

Learn about EPC, the account and application management portal for the E-rate Program.


Finishing Funding Year (FY) 2018
10:54 minutes | Beginner

Learn about starting services, the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements, and invoicing.


Starting FY2019
09:53 minutes | Beginner

Learn about the competitive bidding process including the FCC Form 470, requests for proposals (RFPs), and how to select a service provider.


Schools and Libraries Website
07:42 minutes | Beginner

Learn about the resources and tools available on the E-rate Program’s website.


Eligible Services
13:30 minutes | Beginner

Learn about eligible services, early installation, basic fiber concepts and how to use the FCC Form 470 drop-down menus to request bids on services.


Advanced Eligible Services
28:20 minutes | Advanced

Learn about eligible services including fiber, installation periods, cost effectiveness, FCC Form 470 drop-down menus and responding to USAC’s questions during Program Integrity Assurance (PIA review).


E-rate Filing Process Overview
13:56 minutes | Beginner

Learn about the E-rate filing process from start (requesting bids on services) to finish (receiving funding for services).


Competitive Bidding
20:26 minutes | All levels

Learn how to request the products and services you need so that potential service providers can review those requests and submit bids for them.


Understanding the Audit Process
22:47 minutes | All levels

Learn about the different types of audits USAC conducts and how to avoid pitfalls that lead to common audit findings.


E-rate Filing Process: Post-Commitment
13:21 minutes | Beginner

Learn about post-commitment forms and requests including how to report that you’ve started services, how to submit changes to funding requests after USAC has issued commitments, and how to appeal USAC decisions.


11:43 minutes | Advanced

Learn about the various data search tools available on USAC’s website.


Navigating the E-rate Invoicing Process
12:25 minutes | All levels

Learn how to invoice USAC and receive your E-rate Program funding.