Step 4 – Applying for Discounts
When the E-rate filing window opens up, typically in January of the funding year, file Form 471 which requests the E-rate discounts on the contracted purchases and calls out the winning bidder. The filing window is typically open for about 3 months until late March or April.
- File Form 471 via the EPC portal (https://portal.usac.org). The form is expected to be made available on the portal prior to the filing window opening up.
- For more information about this step: http://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step04/default.aspx
- Follow instructions closely to ensure the form is filled out accurately to avoid processing delays
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