Application Review (PIA)
If you do not have a Summer contact listed on the Form 471, and the PIA reviewer is unable to contact you, your application should be put on Summer deferral. The SLD recognizes that you might be unavailable to answer questions during the summer and should not penalize you for not being available to answer questions during the Summer months. Applicants can call the SLD’s Client Services Bureau at 888-203-8100 to expedite informing the SLD of their desire to set up the summer deferral for your district.
If you are available during the Summer months, be sure to monitor your email and EPC for correspondence from PIA reviewers. If the reviewer can contact you, the responses are still expected within 15-days, with one extension of 7 days, if necessary. Answering the reviewer’s questions in a thorough and timely manner will help expedite the review process and subsequent funding commitment.
Now, you may be thinking, “It’s so much easier to submit all the invoices at once. And if that can’t happen until October, so be it.”
July 1 will mark the official start of the 2018 funding year. Remember that E-rate discounts are time-sensitive. You can only receive a discount for goods and services that are delivered within the allowable dates for a specific funding request. The service start and end dates must line up with the funding year. They must also coincide with the effective dates of the service provider contract. More than 5,000 applicants are still waiting to receive their 2018 funding commitments. Others have received their funding decisions and are preparing to submit their Form 486. Whatever your situation, now is a good time to consider and confirm the best start dates for the services you will be using. For some, you may choose to proceed regardless of the status of your funding commitments. For others, you may need to wait until a funding decision letter is released.