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Digital Learning and E-rate Funding

Ready to maximize your E-rate dollars?

Nearly $4 billion of E-rate funding is available for funding year 2019. Are you ready? Lay the groundwork for your students’ success by modernizing your network infrastructure, deploying dependable Wi-Fi, and more. See our top 10 tips for making it happen.

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.

What Cisco offers are eligible for E-rate?

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 Cisco.com 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.

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

"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

How to apply for E-rate funding

Step 1: Plan and design

Build your network design to meet your digital learning initiatives.

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

There’s still time to apply for E-rate funding

New to E-rate or need a refresher? Here's what you need to know.

E-rate Do’s and Don’ts

A study guide to help you ace your funding efforts.

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.

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