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Step 3:
Applying for Funding
Applying for Discounts

To apply for E-Rate discounts - to request funding - for a given funding year, you will file an FCC Form 471 to provide USAC with information about the services you are requesting and the discount for which you are eligible. USAC will review your request, may ask for additional information, and will then issue a funding decision.

Application Timeline

E-Rate funding commitments are made by the funding year. Each funding year runs from July 1 through the following June 30. USAC refers to the funding year as the year in which services will begin (e.g. FY2017 is July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018).

The application process starts the year before the funding year.