Updated July 2018
To apply for Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program discounts, file an FCC Form 471 to provide USAC with information about the services or equipment you are requesting and the entities that will receive the services or equipment. USAC will review your request(s), may ask for additional information, and will then issue a funding decision for each request.
Applicants must file the FCC Form 471 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) during the specific application filing window each year. In general, the application filing window opens about six months before the start of the upcoming funding year and is open for about two and a half months. The specific opening and closing dates of the filing window are published on this website before the filing window opens each year.
Before the filing window opens, applicants have an opportunity to update their profile information before it is locked for the duration of the application process. The system will populate the following information from your EPC profile into your form when you file it online:
For each funding request, you must also provide the following:
The FCC Form 471 must be certified on or before the close of the application filing window.