USAC and FCC Announce Extension of E-Rate Filing Period

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Earlier today, USAC and FCC (the two entities responsible for administering and monitoring the E-Rate program) announced a three-week extension for filing the E-Rate Form 471.

Forms are now due by April 16, 2015 at 11:59:59 pm EDT.

Here is the press release:

In response to a reasonable request from our nation's largest school districts, USAC – in consultation with the FCC – has extended the FY2015 application filing window for THREE additional weeks. The application filing window will now close on April 16, 2015 instead of the original date of March 26, 2015.

FCC Form 471 applications must be submitted on or before 11:59:59 pm EDT on Thursday, April 16, 2015 to be considered in-window.

The extension of the application window will not slow down or adversely impact the review of applications or cause a delay in issuing funding decisions for those applications which have been submitted and certified. In preparation for the expected volume of applications and to help ensure that we issue timely decisions, we have added and trained a significant number of additional reviewers.

We encourage all applicants to continue to work on their applications. Please do not use the extension to delay submission of your application. Remember if we do not have your application, we cannot review it. We are already starting the review of FY2015 applications. You should be prepared to respond as soon as possible to any questions you receive from our reviewers, so that we can make funding commitment decisions on your application. Those applications that have been submitted, certified and meet program requirements will likely get a decision first.

- If you have not yet started your FCC Form 471 application process, start it now.

- If you have started but not submitted your FCC Form 471 application, complete and submit it as soon as possible.

- If you have not yet certified your application, certify it now.


- You can certify online if you have a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

- You can also print a paper copy of your certification page, sign and date it, and send it to USAC.

The review of your application cannot start until it has been successfully certified. Please visit the USAC website for helpful tips as well as videos that can help you as you prepare your FY2015 application. You can also Submit a Question<> or call us at 1 (888) 203-8100 if you have questions.

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