Public school districts, nonpublic schools, area education agencies and public libraries are eligible to apply for funding under the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) "E-Rate" Program. E-Rate provides discounts on telecommunications services (such as data circuits and Internet) and internal connections (such as routers and switches).

Funding Year 2024

Filing E-rate Form 471 Webinars

The E-rate program Form 471 application β€œwindow” for funding year 2024 (2024-25 school year) will open on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, at 11 a.m. CST and will close on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at 10:59 p.m. CDT.  The last possible date to file form 470 and still have the required 28-day waiting period is February 28.

Form 471 is available through the β€œEPC” portal.  

To ensure you apply correctly, you are encouraged to participate in one of the informational webinars.

Sessions are repeats. Select one. No advance registration needed.

For those unable to participate in any session, a recording will be available by emailing Pam Jacobs at after Feb. 14.

E-Rate Notifications

Sign up to receive E-Rate Notifications. Messages are sent on an as needed basis.