Magazine article Technology & Learning

Do's and Don'ts of E-Rate Funding

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Do's and Don'ts of E-Rate Funding

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The filing window for E-rate funding is now open through March 26th and includes an additional $1.5 billion to assist schools and libraries in improving their Internet access. Funds for Learning has compiled a list of do's and don'ts for applicants who have filed their 470 Forms and are waiting for the 28-day waiting period to pass.

Don't: Work on what you shouldn't

The 28-day bidding period is taken seriously by the USAC, which will not tolerate exceptions. If you begin selecting service providers listed on your pending 470 before the conclusion of your 28-day waiting period, you are out of compliance and risk losing funding.

Do: Work on what you can

While you count down the minutes of your Form 470's 28-day waiting period, get a jump on other aspects of the E-rate process, such as compiling certain components of Form 471 or gathering information on your library's or school district's student information to determine your discount percentage. …

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