April 19, 2016

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Message from Dan Domenech: Good News: The E-Rate Application Deadline Has Been Extended

AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech shared the following message with the entire AASA membership via email. We cross post it here for your reference.

Dear Colleague: 

I write today to relay critical information related to the FY16 E-Rate application window. 

We have heard from school superintendents across the country about difficulties their districts are having navigating and completing the revamped application for the E-Rate program. In response, AASA joined 17 other national organizations—as part of the broader EdLiNC coalition—in sending a letter to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), requesting an extension of the E-Rate application. 

The letter reads as follows: "EdLiNC's members, E-rate beneficiaries in schools and public libraries across the country, have shared they are having difficulties specifically with navigating and successfully completing the revamped application portal. Thus, we ask that the application deadline be extended. With the E-rate application deadline of April 29, 2016 fast approaching, additional time to complete the application process would greatly benefit potential beneficiaries." Read the full text of the letter. 

On Friday, USAC announced that it was, indeed, extending the application deadline. You can read the full statement here, and here are some highlights: 


  • USAC is extending the window for all applicants by four weeks, and the new closing date is May 26, 2016. 
  • USAC continues to roll out additional updates to the online portal and application. You can read an explanation of the additional changes here
  • When the extended window closes on May 26, USAC will open a second filing window for consortia and libraries, closing on July 21, 2016. 
  • Neither the extension nor the second window are expected to delay application review or funding decisions. 
  • USAC analysis shows there should be sufficient funding for all plausible demand scenarios for this application year. Filers should not worry about losing funds as a result of the second window. 
  • Please direct any application-related inquiries to the Client Services Bureau at 1-888-203-8100. 


Please let us know if you have any questions. Direct any inquiries to Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy & advocacy at nellerson@aasa.org. 


Thank you. 


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