The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "E-Rate," is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.
The Universal Service Fund resources for the Schools and Libraries can be access at:
Overview of the application process
Step 1 Determine Eligibility
Step 2 Develop a Technology Plan
Step 3 Open a Competitive Bidding Process
Step 4 Select a Service Provider
Step 5 Calculate the Discount Level
Step 6 Determine Your Eligible Services
Step 7 Submit Your Application for Program Support
Step 8 Undergo Application Review
Step 9 Receive Your Funding Decision
Step 10 Begin Receipt of Services
Step 11 Invoice USAC
to promote the availability of quality services at just, reasonable, and affordable rates;
to increase access to advanced telecommunications services throughout the Nation; and
to advance the availability of such services to all consumers, including those in low income, rural, insular, and high cost areas at rates that are reasonably comparable to those charged in urban areas.
Purpose of the fund
Telecommunication discount services 90 90 75 to 100 80 80 50 to 74 70 60 35 to 49 60 50 20 to 34 50 40 1 to 19 25 20 Less than 1 Rural discount percentage Urban discount percentage Students lunch program percentage Rural location Urban location Income
Universal Service Fund is a national program that provides funding for schools and libraries.
The Universal Service Fund helps provide communities across the country with affordable telecommunications services.