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:
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.
The E-rate Program discount for a school district is based on its poverty level, and its urban/rural status.
The E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) will calculate the discount based on the information you provide in your school district’s profile. But to see it in advance, you can calculate the discount yourself. Today we’ll cover how to calculate E-rate discounts for school districts and schools.
Before we dive into the step-by-step posts about how to apply for funding, let’s take a step back and make sure you understand the application cycle for requesting E-rate Program funding.
“File Along with Me” uses a step-by-step approach to help schools and libraries, regardless of their experience level, complete their application for E-rate Program funding. Here’s a little preview about what to expect from the blog…
A new step in every post
We’ll post 2-3 times per week with specific tasks to get started with, and then apply to, the E-rate Program. We’re aiming to make each step as simple and easy to follow as possible!
The blog also serves as a schedule for managing your application. We *hope* you’ll complete each post’s task as soon as you can, so you can identify problems early and get help from USAC if you need it.
Step-by-Step Guidance for the E-rate Program
Welcome to the E-rate Program’s new blog, “File Along with Me”!
Each year, the E-rate Program provides $3.9B in funding to schools and libraries for broadband and telecommunications access. To apply, you must submit your application during a fixed period called the “filing window,” which begins on February 3!
In this blog, we’ll use a step-by-step approach to help schools and libraries, regardless of their experience level, complete their application for E-rate Program funding. If you follow along by completing the task in each post, you’ll complete your E-rate Program application with time to spare before the filing window ends.
Even if you’ve applied to the E-rate Program before, this year everyone is a beginner in the new online filing portal, EPC. In File Along with Me, we’ll also walk you through how to set up your profile, work, and correspond with USAC in the new portal.
Ready to join us?