In limited situations, USAC may extend the deadline for filing invoices (BEARs or SPIs). According to USAC, these situations are limited to:

  • Authorized service provider changes
  • Authorized service substitutions
  • No timely USAC notice (e.g., the service provider's Form 486 Notification Letter is returned as undeliverable)
  • USAC errors (for example, in data entry) that ultimately result in a late invoice
  • Documentation requirements that necessitate third-party contact or certification
  • Natural or man-made disasters that prevent timely filing of invoices
  • "Good Samaritan" BEARs
  • Circumstances beyond the service provider's control

To request an invoice deadline extension, a letter is sent to USAC outlining the request and include the following information:

  • Contact person name
  • Contact information (including email address)
  • Form 471 Application Number
  • Funding Request Number (FRN)
  • Service provider name
  • Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN)
  • USAC-assigned Invoice Number (if known)
  • Amount of invoice
  • Reason for extension request


Requests can be submitted electronically via e-mail can be submitted the SLD's "Submit a Question " feature. Other means of submission include fax (to 973-599-6526) or via mail/courier to:

Invoice Deadline Extension Request
Schools and Libraries Division - Correspondence Unit
30 Lanidex Plaza West
P.O. Box 685
Parsippany, NJ 07054-0685