Schools and Libraries (E-Rate)

FY2018 Application Filing Window Closes at 11:59 PM EDT March 22
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Before You Begin

Updated December 2017

Educational Purposes

Definition of Educational Purposes

E-rate program discounts are limited to services used for "educational purposes." E-rate applicants must therefore certify that funds will be used for educational purposes, defined as activities that are integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students, or in the case of libraries, integral, immediate, and proximate to the provision of library services to library patrons.

Activities that customarily occur on library or school property are presumed to be integral, immediate, and proximate to the education of students or the provision of library services to library patrons and are therefore eligible for discounts on associated services.

  • Eligible activities for schools include, but are not limited to, the school-related activities of school administrators, school counselors, school nurses, school technology workers, cafeteria workers, and school bus drivers.
  • Eligible activities for libraries include, but are not limited to, the library-related activities of library administrators, library technology workers, library bookmobile drivers, and interlibrary loan workers. All eligible products and services must be provided to and paid for by the entities indicated as receiving service.