You may have heard us talking about the “471 filing window” around the website, in the SL News Brief, and here. Before you start your E-rate Program application, it’s important to understand what the filing window is, and how it can affect the amount of funding available to you.
What’s the filing window?
Each year, the E-rate Program announces an FCC Form 471 “filing window.” The E-rate Program funding request form (FCC Form 471) can only be submitted once the “filing window” begins.
If you submit your form during the filing window, your application will be equally considered for funding as all other applications submitted during the filing window.
“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?