The Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) usually issues the first wave of funding commitments in May prior to the beginning of the funding year. Funding for Category 1 services (Telecommunications & Broadband Internet Access) is issued first. After the FCC has reviewed the funding demand and SLD has reviewed applications submitted, the FCC will approve the release of funding for Category 2 (Internal Broadband Connections, Managed Internal Broadband Services and Basic Maintenance of Internal Broadband Connections) applications based on the amount of funds remaining in the program.
For FY 2015, the FCC has already determined that funds are available to meet the demand estimate for both Category 1 and Category 2 requests. USAC, therefore, is reviewing all applications submitted for FY2015 and will be issuing funding in weekly funding waves.
- How to View Funding Commitments:
Detailed instructions on how to view the list of schools and libraries included in the funding waves are posted on the SLD web site. See Funding Tools, Search Commitments: Search Tools
- How to View Advanced Search Options:
You can view and/or download funding commitments by school/library, state, funding year by going to the commitments search screen on the SLD web site. Then click on "Advanced Search" : Automated Search of Commitments
- How to View Detailed Information about Your Funding:
The SLD's Data Retrieval Tool allows you to download details about your funding including funding date, denial reasons, original requests, committed amounts, contract expiration date, and amounts disbursed. See: Data Retrieval Tool
- How to View Item 21 Attachments (New for FY 2015):
Beginning with FY2015, the line item detail of products and services requested on E-rate funding requests is included on the FCC Form 471. The detail information was formerly called "Item 21 Attachments." You can download the line item detail from the FCC Form 471 Tools - Download 471 Information. See:Download Form 471 Information
- How to Find the Status on an Application:
If your school or library doesn't show up in the funding commitments, you can find out the status of your application.Form 471 Application Status
- How to Find your Billed Entity Number (BEN)
In order to look up the status of your application, you have to know your billed entity number. You can find your BEN on SLD's web site using the Billed Entity Search: http://www.usac.org/sl/Utilities/BilledEntitySearch_Public.asp
If you have any questions about the E-Rate program, please feel free to call your E-Rate professionals, Kellogg & Sovereign Consulting, LLC at 866-334-1444.