The Universal Service Administration Company’s (USAC) Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as the E-rate Program, helps ensure that schools and libraries can obtain high-speed Internet access and telecommunications at affordable rates. Each year, the E-rate program offers over $3.9 billion to bring internet services to classrooms and libraries, providing discounts ranging from 20 to 90 percent to eligible schools and libraries on eligible products and services.
Who is eligible for E-rate?
For purposes of universal service support, schools must meet the statutory definition of elementary and secondary schools found in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Section 7801(18) and (38)):
- An elementary school is a non-profit institutional day or residential school, including a public elementary charter school, that provides elementary education, as determined under state law.
- A secondary school is a non-profit institutional day or residential school, including a public secondary charter school, that provides secondary education, as determined under state law, except that such term does not include any education beyond grade 12.
The eligibility of Non-Traditional Students and facilities is determined by the state’s definition of an elementary or secondary school.
Oregon Student Eligibility
|Traditional K-12 Students||Yes|
|K-12 Charter School Students||Yes|
|K-12 Private School Students||Yes|
|Adult Education Students||No|
|Juvenile Justice Students||Yes|
|Special Education Students Ages 3-21||Yes|
|Special Education Students over Age 21||No|
Oregon Facility Eligibility
|Institution Type||Category One Eligible||Category Two Eligible|
|Traditional K-12 Schools||Yes||Yes|
|District Non Instructional Facilities||Yes||No|
|K-12 Charter Schools||Yes||Yes|
|K-12 Private Schools||Yes||Yes|
|Adult Education Schools||No||No|
|Juvenile Justice Schools||Yes||Yes|
|Special Education Schools Ages 3-21||Yes||Yes|
|Special Education Schools over Age 21||No||No|
How can we help?
Linn Benton Lincoln ESD (LBL) offers a variety of E-rate services to help take the stress off of navigating the E-rate process and to maximize the funding you receive. LBL can assist districts to apply for and track E-rate funding, while helping to make sure each district stays in compliance with program rules. Our Application Services include assisting applicants through the entire lifecycle of the E-rate application process as well as providing staff training and yearly reports on your E-rate funding. We also offer Additional Services that include District Needs Assessments, Project Management, and Audit Support. To see a full list of our services and pricing please visit our Services Page.
Please contact us to discuss how LBL’s E-rate services can benefit your district.
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