Funding Year 2021 E-rate Application Window is Now Open
Funds For Knowing announces that the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) opened the E-rate filing window on January 15, 2021, and will accept applications till March 25, 2021. The 24th year of the E-rate program enters a new phase of regulations intended to increase equity and enhance the application procedure.
” Applicants from throughout the United States will start submitting types to guarantee the 95 percent of K-12 trainees who are supported by the E-rate program stay connected,” stated John Harrington, CEO at Funds For Learning. “With funding demands increasing over the past three years, its clear that the E-rate program plays a vital function in helping schools and libraries safe much needed funds for essential broadband services.”
Funding Year (FY) 2021 marks the very first year that Category 2 guidelines finalized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will work, consisting of:
About Funds For LearningFunds For Learning, LLC, is a compliance firm specializing in the federal E-rate funding program for libraries and schools. Funds For Learning supports E-rate stakeholders in all 50 states, helping them browse the application process to receive assistance for internet access and Wi-Fi connection.
With the application window closing on March 25, the most recent date that candidates will be able to file an FCC Form 470 while still permitting the needed 28 days for competitive bidding will be February 25, 2021.
For updates concerning this years E-rate filing window, please visit https://www.fundsforlearning.com/news/.
Candidate budget plans will be reset. School district Category Two budgets will be computed at $167 per trainee, and library applicants at $4.50 per square foot. In addition, the per-site financing “flooring” will increase from $9,200 to $25,000.
The program embraces repaired five-year budget cycles. The first cycle will run from FY 2021 through FY 2025, and Applicants can send applications in any or all Funding Years throughout this five-year cycle.
Classification 2 budgets will be computed on a school district or library system basis. School libraries and districts have a single budget plan to administer.
Devices transfer guidelines will be relaxed. Devices bought in FY 2021 and forward might be moved in between qualified websites at any time, offering increased versatility to applicants while reducing program complexity.
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School district Category Two spending plans will be calculated at $167 per trainee, and library applicants at $4.50 per square foot. About Funds For LearningFunds For Learning, LLC, is a compliance firm specializing in the federal E-rate funding program for schools and libraries. Funds For Learning supports E-rate stakeholders in all 50 states, helping them browse the application process to get support for internet gain access to and Wi-Fi connectivity. To provide applicant feedback to the Federal Communications Commission and Congress, Funds For Learning collaborates the yearly E-Rate Trends Report.