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Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund (E-rate)

Process  |  Endorsement/Certification Form  |  Discount Levels  |  Informational Webinar  |  Quick Links

Overview

E-rate is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Funding is requested under four categories of service: telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.

Library Eligibility

Process

Discount Levels

Applicants use the discount matrix below to determine the correct discount level for an individual school or library outlet.

INCOME Category One
Schools and Libraries
Category Two
Schools and Libraries
The discount level is measured by % of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Discount Level: Discount Level:
Urban Discount Rural Discount Urban Discount Rural Discount
Less than 1% 20% 25% 20% 25%
1% to 19% 40% 50% 40% 50%
20% to 34% 50% 60% 50% 60%
35% to 49% 60% 70% 60% 70%
50% to 74% 80% 80% 80% 80%
75% to 100% 90% 90% 85% 85%

Informational Webinar

Quick Links

Questions?

If you have any questions about E-rate, please contact your library system E-rate consultant or call the State Library at 217-782-0974.