USAC has announced the opening and closing dates for the Funding Year 2013 filing window. The window will open at noon EST on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 and close at 11:59pm EDT on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Applicants will have 93 days to file applications for the upcoming E-rate funding year. Thursday, February 14, 2013 is the last date on which a Form 470 may be filed in time to be referenced on a Funding Year 2013 request.

Applicants and service providers alike should be mindful of the window’s closing date, as many schools may be on spring break during that time. Applicants and service providers should communicate any conflicts during March and make the appropriate adjustments in order to avoid missing the deadline.