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Digital Learning and E-rate Funding

Ready to maximize your E-rate dollars?

At least $4 billion of E-rate funding will be available for this funding year. Are you ready? Lay the foundation for your students’ success by modernizing your network infrastructure; deploying fast, reliable Wi-Fi 6-standard technology; and more. Get the top-10 tips on how to promote collaborative learning with technology and E-rate funding.

Explore Cisco special offers for schools and libraries

School and library SKUs

These products include an Enhanced Limited Lifetime Warranty that expands Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) support from 90 days to 3 years.

U.S. K-12 and library bundled warranty

Get 12 months of Cisco TAC access, software updates, and Cisco.com access, and up to 36 months of advanced hardware replacement.

Webex for K-12

Cisco Webex can enhance teaching and learning by connecting anyone, anywhere, on any device.

How to apply for E-rate funding

Plan and design

Build a design to meet the requirements for your network upgrade.

Assess funding

Review E-rate eligible services and your discount level to know how much funding you can apply for and how much you'll need to come up with or fund from other sources.

Request proposals

File E-rate Form 470 to start the competitive bidding process. Review responses and select a service provider.

Apply for funding

File Form 471 before the filing window deadline (usually in the Spring).

Reading School District uses E-rate to build robust, easy-to-manage network

The goal is [to enable students] to get more hands-on and having those resources and the technology in classrooms allows the kids to do experiments in all subjects; it’s not just science anymore. It’s virtual field trips, project-based learning in business and other classes.

Jeff Haas, Chief Technology Officer, Reading School District

More help to fund your network upgrade


Get the most out of your E-rate dollars

Ensuring student success with virtual learning

The Dos and Don’ts of empowering educators. 

What is E-rate?

E-rate is a US federal program that offers discounted rates on technology and services for eligible schools and libraries across the country.

E-rate Do’s and Don’ts

A study guide to help you ace your funding efforts.

Are you really getting the most you can out of E-rate?

Watch the webinar for latest updates to the category two E-rate funding applications for 2020 and 2021.

News and events

Learn the latest E-rate news

Funds for Learning provides analysis, guidance, and commentary.

What's new from USAC

Stay up to date on what’s new from USAC, the E-rate program administrator.

Read our blogs

Stay up to date on the latest technology trends and industry perspectives.

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