Updated September 2015
To apply for Schools and Libraries Program discounts, file an FCC Form 471 to provide USAC with information about the services you are requesting and the discount(s) for which you are eligible. USAC will review your request, may ask for additional information, and will then issue a funding decision.
The FCC Form 471 must be filed during a specific application window each year. In general, the application filing window opens about six months before the start of the funding year and is open for about two and a half months. All applications certified before the close of the filing window are considered as having arrived on the same day, and have priority over those certified after the filing window has closed. The specific opening and closing dates of the filing window are published in advance on this website.
If a consultant is assisting you with the application process, provide the appropriate information, including the consultant registration number, in the "Basic Information" section of the form.
After the FCC Form 471 is certified, USAC will issue an FCC Form 471 Receipt Acknowledgment Letter (RAL) in an entity's E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) account. This letter contains links to the applicant profile and the form, provides a means to correct certain errors, and discusses the next steps in the application process.
The system will populate the following information from your profile in EPC into your form when you file it online:
For each funding request you must also provide the following:
Your certified FCC Form 471 is due on or before the close of the application filing window.
Once you have submitted your FCC Form 471, USAC's Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) group can begin the review of your application.