USAC has opened the Funding Year 2018 Administrative Window. During the Administrative Window, applicants can review their profile data in EPC for accuracy, and should update student enrollment as well as the number of students eligible for free/reduced lunch.
Accurate profile data is important because it determines an applicant’s requested discount rate, Category 2 budget amounts, and address information for the schools and libraries that will be receiving E rate eligible services. If there are missing sites or incorrect information, this may delay or even jeopardize applicants’ ability to seek discounts for services being delivered to a location.
All applicants should be checking their profile information and verifying that all the following information is correct:
- Any new schools have been added to the site list
- Any schools that will be closing as of July 1, 2018 have been removed
- The enrollment and NSLP information has been updated to reflect the correct numbers
- Any school name changes or address corrections have been made
Funds For Learning has the Applicant Search Tool to help applicants check their sites information (including library systems, non-instructional facilities (NIF) sites and annexes) for accuracy. Consortia members can also be viewed through this tool, all the way down to individual sites within districts and their annexes.
To search, applicants can type in their main “parent” BEN and pull up a list of all child entities associated with that BEN. The list will also show any sites that have annex information associated with them. Currently the following fields are available: BEN, entity type, address, NCES, and Urban/Rural status. Additional enhancements for the Applicant Search tool are planned for the future.