E-rate Resources & Information for Schools

The USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company) E-rate program helps eligible schools to afford modern wireless networks and, in most cases, fund their continued support and management. Schools who have obtained E-rate funds, are successfully using them towards:

  • Implementing new wireless and switching networks to create a reliable, secure learning environment.

  • Increasing the security and throughput at their network’s perimeter with modern firewalls or perimeter infrastructure to capitalize on increasing bandwidth levels. 

  • Obtaining managed WiFi services support, such as 24x7 network monitoring and critical incident response, avoiding the need to solely rely on internal resources who may not have the required skillsets or capacity.

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E-rate Application Process 

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USAC E-rate Application Filing Window
January 11 - March 22, 2022 EST

E-rate Filing Window Competitive Bidding is On 2021

Complete and file the FCC Form 470 to receive competitive service bids by February 22, 2022 EST.

E-rate Last Day to submit Application for Competitive Bidding 2021

Submit form for competitive bidding.

E-rate Application for Funds Window Closes

Select Services Provider partner. Complete & submit FCC Form 471.


E-rate Tips & Information

  • Special Edition USAC News Brief for December 2021
  • Update your E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) profile by January 10, 2022.
  • Your FCC Form 470 must be submitted to USAC no later than Tuesday, February 22, 2022 EST, to allow for the minimum 28-day competitive bidding process.
  • E-rate can be coupled with other public funding programs to financially support school technology initiatives.
  • The E-rate school multiplier is $167.00 per student (do not increase annually with inflation).


Use USAC's Category 2 Budget Tool Data FY2022+ Set to determine your C2 budget for each five-year cycle beginning with the first budget cycle, which started in FY2021 and ends in FY2025.



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What Systems Engineering can do for your school.

  • Provide technical details and information necessary for E-rate applications.
  • Obtain the best available marketplace pricing.
  • Assess your wireless network to create an efficient network design and bill of materials.
  • Provide a professional project implementation team to ensure your project is done efficiently.
  • Share the workload and alleviate resource burden.
  • Offer expert technical support and resources to help with the management of your network.

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With the financial support of E-rate and Systems Engineering's network expertise, you can provide your faculty and students with a more reliable and secure learning environment.