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Schools Dropout or Seek Outside Help

The number of schools submitting E-rate funding applications has dropped significantly from prior years. A total of 19,953 schools and school districts have submitted E-rate applications for Funding Year 2016. This represents a drop of nearly 2,700 applicants from the program’s peak participation in FY2014.

The final count could increase if there are additional schools who submit “late-filed” Form 471s or if groups of schools submit their requests via consortia applications.

Seeking Third-Party Expertise

A growing number of schools are turning to outside consultants to help them prepare their E-rate applications. In the 2016 filing window, a record 65% of school applicants used a third-party to help them complete their forms. This is a 7% increase over last year, and the biggest jump in the use of consultants in the program’s history.

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Our mission is to provide high-quality consulting and support services for the needs of E-rate program participants. We consult with applicants to help them understand, effectively utilize, and maintain compliance with E-rate rules and regulations. We help prepare and submit paperwork, and interact with program administrators on our clients’ behalf.

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