E-Rate Program:

Non-profit private schools -- along with public schools, and libraries -- can receive discounted telecommunications services and products to support them through the E-rate program.  

Discounts from this program can grange from 20% to 90% for the costs of eligible services.

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The E-rate program is administered by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) http://www.universalservice.org/sl/.

The program was set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order was designed to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services. Up to $2.25 billion annually is available to provide eligible schools and libraries with discounts under the E-rate program for authorized services.

Amount of Discounts

The E-rate provides discounts of 20 percent to 90 percent for eligible telecommunications services, depending on economic need and location (urban or rural). The level of discount is based on the percentage of students eligible for participation the National School Lunch Program or other federally approved alternative mechanisms. (Non-public schools and others not participating in the National School Lunch Program can use federally approved alternative mechanisms contained in the Improving America's Schools Act. Details of such mechanisms may be found in "Alternative Discount Mechanisms" on the SLD web site.  http://www.universalservice.org/sl/