Each year the FCC commits one billion dollars to schools and libraries for digital learning tools through the E-Rate program. By connecting students to technology resources in STEM concentrations, future generations are preparing to compete in a global economy. Mobile learning and the expansion of device based curriculum are driving new waves of education that comes with high price tags, leaving many schools behind the curve. The E-Rate program is the only education technology funding source in the US with committed money behind the initiative to move our classrooms into the 21st century.
E-Rate Application Process
Step 1: Determine Discount Rate
First, you will need to know your District or School’s free lunch participation rate as a percentage of student enrollment . Use this figure to determine your Category 1 and 2 discount rates.
Step 2: Determine Budget Balance
The Category 2 budget is a pre-discount dollar amount alotted to each facility based on student counts in the case of schools and square footage for libraries. Use the budget lookup tool to determine remaining dollars for each entity.
Step 3: File Form 470
Step 4: Choose a Vendor
Step 5: Program Integrity Audit
While your E-Rate application is being reviewed for compliance you will be issued a series of questions as part of the Program Integrity Audit (PIA) process. Response to these questions in a prompt and thoroough manner is required, concluding with a Funding Commitment Decision Letter sent to all parties detailing the funding status and amount.