Category Two budgets for non-instructional facilities (NIFs)

Post 26 - Category Two budgets for NIFs

Another big point of interest for E-rate applicants is how to account for non-instructional facilities (NIFs) in a Category Two budget.

Non-instructional facilities do not get their own Category Two budget because they are not a school or a library. But there are some cases where schools/libraries can cost allocate part of their budget to a NIF, if the NIF building is essential to deliver service to a school/library, for example, it houses a piece of equipment that is shared between schools/libraries.

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Inputs to your Category Two budget calculation

Post 24 - Inputs to your Category Two Budget Calculation

Figuring out what numbers to use to calculate your Category Two budget can be unclear in certain situations. Today we’ll go through some of the common questions about how to determine inputs like student counts and library square footage.

A school’s student count is…

The number of full-time students who regularly attend your school is relatively straightforward to count. If you need to make a minor adjustment to your student count, update your EPC profile when you file your FCC Form 471.

Category Two budgets are designed to provide funding for the greatest number of students who could use the technology at any one time of the school day. To count the number of students you should include in your Category Two budget calculation, add the number of full-time students plus the highest number of part-time students who are present at once, a number we call the “peak part time students.”

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Category Two Budgets

Post 23 Category Two 2 Budgets

Now that you understand how to calculate your E-rate Program discount levels, we’ll move on to a topic that always generates a lot of questions – Category Two budgets.

Category Two services include internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and basic maintenance of internal connections. E-rate funding for Category Two services is provided for a five-year period, starting with the first year after FY2014 that you receive funding for any Category Two services.

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Calculating E-rate Discounts for Consortia and State-wide Applications

Post 22 Calculating discounts for consortia and state wide applications

A consortium is a group of entities that apply together, usually to aggregate demand in order to lower prices. A statewide application is when a state’s purchasing department (or other state agency) applies on behalf of all schools and libraries in the state.

Calculate a consortium’s discount

To calculate the discount for a consortium or statewide application:

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Calculating Library E-rate Discounts

Post 21 E-rate discount for library or library system

The E-rate Program discount for libraries is based on the poverty level in the school district it (or its main branch) is located in, and its urban/rural status.

The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will calculate the discount as part of your form. But to see it in advance, you need to calculate the discount yourself. Today we’ll cover how to calculate E-rate discounts for libraries and library systems.

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