Helping beginners apply for funding
from the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program
“File Along with Me” covers the E-rate Program application process step-by-step.
The blog is designed for first-time filers, and anyone who’s applied before and wants to make sure they’re doing it right.
It 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, get help if you need it, and submit your application with time to spare before the filing window closes.
Ready to start? Read the first post.
Applying during the filing window
The program begins accepting applications when the “filing window” opens. All applications submitted during the window (which began February 3, and is ~3 months long) are treated equally, and have priority over applications submitted after the window ends.
We strongly recommend applying during the filing window!
About the E-rate Program
The Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program provides funding for high-speed internet access and telecommunications to our nation’s schools and libraries. $3.9B is available every year.
The E-rate Program was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and customer service, applications, and payments are managed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC).