What is Erate

What is Erate

Education Rate, more commonly known as E-Rate, is a Federal program that provides schools, libraries, and consortia funding for two types of categories of services: Category I (Internet Access) and Category II (Internal Connections, Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections and MIBS).

This amount of funding is dependent on how many students your school has as well as how many of your students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The more students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch, the more money your Organization is entitled to. These discounts range from 20% (no students eligible for free and reduced lunch) to 90% (over 75% of your students are eligible for free and reduced lunch) for Category I Services and from 20% (no students eligible for free and reduced lunch) to 85% (over 75% of your students are eligible for free and reduced lunch) for Category II Internal Connections and Services. For more details on E-Rate discounts please see the USAC Discount Matrix below.

In order to be eligible to receive E-Rate discounts, schools and libraries must meet certain eligibility criteria. In general, elementary schools, secondary schools, private schools, and religious schools are all eligible to receive discounts as long as they have an endowment less than $50 million and are not-for-profit. Public libraries and library systems are also eligible to receive discounts as long as they meet the eligibility requirements for libraries. Eligible services of the E-Rate program are broken down into two Categories: Category I and Category II.

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Whether you are looking for a consultant or just have questions about the E-Rate program, we would love to hear from you and help in any way that we can. There is no obligation in giving us a call to see if our services would be a right fit for your Organization.

We are a full-service E-Rate consulting company, and we have been helping Schools and Libraries with their E-Rate applications for over 15 years. We take our clients from the beginning stages of the E-Rate application process all the way through to receiving a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) and getting the funds deposited into the school’s account.

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