“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.
Get your EPC account up and running
The “E-rate Productivity Center” (EPC) is the program’s new online filing portal, which will streamline the application process and make it more secure. Because it’s the portal’s inaugural year, applicants need to invest some time upfront to set up their school/library’s profile and user accounts. We’ll walk you through how to do that. Once everything’s set up, it will be easier and faster to complete your application this year and in future years, too.
Applying for discounts!
Once you’re account is set up, we’ll focus on the “Applying for Discounts” step in the application process, also known as filing FCC Forms 470 and 471. Many applicants get bogged down in the details of completing these forms, or run into problems if they wait until the last minute.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Instead, file along with us and complete a step each week, so you won’t be left scrambling.