Unleash the power of digital learning with E-rate

Capture your share of $3.9 billion E-rate funding available now. The revamped E-rate program focuses on the largest and most urgent need: closing the Wi-Fi gap and creating access to high-speed broadband. Both are critical for an effective digital learning experience.

Learn without limits

Smart schools use E-rate and the power of digital to reimagine education. Cisco helps you thrive in this new world with visionary technologies that support personalized learning, global collaboration, and rich online experiences. From the network up, use our solutions to build connected digital schools and libraries. So your students can learn without limits.

  • Breach time detection

    Breach time detection

    Source: Cisco 2016 Annual Security Report
  • Annual savings from energy management

    Annual savings from energy management

    Source: NY public schools case study
  • Access a high-speed network

    Access a high-speed network

    Source: Texas school district case study

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

Wayne  Highlands School District

"We wanted to implement a one-to-one learning environment, and we wanted to provide robust, reliable service to students who might not have a connection at home."

Scott D. Miller
Director of Technology
Wayne Highlands School District

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How to apply for E-rate funding

Step 1: Plan and design

Build your network design to meet your digital learning initiatives.

CoSN network checklist
Network readiness guide

Step 2: 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.

Cisco product eligibility database
USAC Eligible Services List (ESL)

Step 3: Request proposals

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

USAC Forms

Step 4: Apply for funding

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

USAC forms
Then what?

More E-rate funding available now than ever before

More E-rate funding available now than ever before

Learn about the E-rate modernization program changes and how you can benefit. 

Find out now

El Centro did it. So can you.

See how you can use E-rate and the power of digital to transform education in your school.

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El Centro did it. So can you.

Offers for K-12 education

Education product SKU

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 Bundled Warranty

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

WebEx for K-12

Connect your classrooms with Cisco WebEx. Connect anyone, anywhere, on any device.

Learn more about special offers for K-12 schools.

News and events

Learn the latest E-rate news

Learn the latest E-rate news

Funds for Learning provides analysis, guidance, and commentary.

What's new from USAC

What's new from USAC

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

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