E-rate 2017 Is Officially Underway
The 2017 E-rate season is finally upon us! In this post, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to get you started. If you have other questions, please feel free to tweet me your questions and I’ll try to answer.
The USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company) has announced the dates of the Form 471 application window for the 2017 E-rate year. If you are looking to upgrade your Wi-Fi connection using E-rate funds, you will want to add some of these dates to your calendar.
Are you curious about how much you could receive? We’ve got a handy calculator for you.
2017 Form 471 Filing Window
Last Date to file Form 470: April 13, 11:59:59 pm EST
Other dates related to the filing window:
- February 26
is the deadline to make edits to site entity information stored in EPC.
Form 471 Submission
The Form 471 filing window is scheduled to be open for 73 days. The start date of February 27, 2017, is the latest that the window has ever opened; however, USAC has scheduled the window to be two weeks shorter than last year’s duration (the longest in the history of the program).
Form 470 Submission
Form 470s should be posted no later than
Updating Site Profile
Applicants will have until
Issues to be Aware of
- They anticipate a single filing window for 2017 and better prioritization of application processing so funding decisions are provided in a timelier manner.
- Applicants will recognize the flow of the online application process, and further enhancements will be available including the “Copy My FRN” feature along with the templates for uploads of large entries. This will assist all applicants.
- Along with continued enhanced stakeholder education and outreach, the formation of a stakeholder innovation group who will provide guidance and feedback on the design of a new applicant portal.
USAC also expressed their gratitude to the stakeholders for their continued cooperation, patience and understanding.
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