Reach us at: (212) 334-6481


Don't even think about creating a technology plan before you see this!

What to Do After Filing Form 470 for E-rate Funding: A Comprehensive Guide

Applying for E-rate funding is a crucial step for schools and libraries that need financial assistance to support their technology and telecommunications needs. However, many people are not fully aware of what to do after submitting their Form 470. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive guide on the steps to take when applying for E-rate funding.

#1 Wait for the Application Review

Once you have submitted your E-rate Form 470, the first step is to wait for the application review process to begin. This process can take several weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of your application and the volume of applications being processed. During this time, your application will be reviewed by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements and if your requested funding is appropriate.

#2 Respond to Any Questions or Requests for Additional Information

If the USAC has any questions about your application or requires additional information, they will contact you. It is crucial to respond promptly to any requests for additional information to avoid delays in the application process. You can expect to receive a Request for Information (RFI) from the USAC, which will outline the information they need and the deadline for submission. You should make sure to provide all the requested information accurately and promptly to ensure your application is processed efficiently.

#3 Receive the Funding Commitment Decision

Once the application review is complete, you will receive a funding commitment decision from the USAC. This decision will indicate the amount of funding you have been approved to receive and any conditions or requirements that you must meet. It is essential to read and understand the funding commitment decision carefully to ensure that you can meet all the requirements and receive the full amount of funding you need.

#4 Sign the Funding Commitment Letter

If you agree to the terms and conditions of the funding commitment decision, you will need to sign the funding commitment letter and return it to the USAC. This will officially accept the funding offer and allow you to move forward with purchasing the eligible products and services. Make sure to read and understand the terms and conditions of the funding commitment letter before signing it.

#5 File the FCC Form 486

After receiving the funding commitment decision, you will need to file the FCC Form 486 to begin the process of requesting reimbursement for eligible products and services. This form must be filed no later than 120 days after the start of the funding year. Make sure to complete this form accurately and submit it promptly to avoid any delays in the reimbursement process.

#6 Submit Invoices and Receive Reimbursements

Once you have received the funding commitment decision and filed the FCC Form 486, you can begin submitting invoices for eligible products and services. Once these invoices are approved, you will receive reimbursements from the USAC for the approved amount. Make sure to keep accurate records of all purchases and invoices to ensure that you receive the full amount of funding you are entitled to.

In conclusion, applying for E-rate funding is just the first step in the process of obtaining financial assistance for your school or library’s technology and telecommunications needs. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your E-rate funding application is processed successfully, and you receive the funding you need to support your organization’s technology and telecommunications needs.

Have questions about E-Rate? We’re here to help. 
Access our calendar here to book a quick, 10-minute call with us.