K-12 schools across the U.S. have the opportunity to take advantage of funding available through E-Rate – a federal program that connects k-12 schools and libraries to the internet at a discount of 20-90 percent.
Back in December we shared information on our blog about the changes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made to E-Rate. These changes increased E-Rate program funding from $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion.
To help K-12 schools and districts looking to take advantage of E-Rate funding, we’ve shared the following 4 best practice tips from EdTech Magazine.
2. Read the E-Rate Modernization Orders.
Confused about what changes the FCC made to the E-Rate program? We understand! Try reading the Modernization Orders on USAC’s website. These documents provide K-12 schools with valuable information and even include a list of frequently asked questions.
3. Plan for the Future.
The FCC no longer requires K-12 schools to submit a technology plan to get funded. However, K-12 schools should evaluate their project needs and plan two-three years out. This way, administrators can ensure they get the funding they need when they need it.
4. Use USAC’s Free Educational Resources.
USAC’s website includes a ton of print resources and educational videos that help take K-12 schools through each step of the application process. School administrators can even sign up for training events throughout the country!
How does E-Rate funding benefit your schools? Share your thoughts on our blog!