FY 2016 Form 486s Due Dates for Funded Applicants

March 10, 2017

Attached: FY 2016 Form 486s Due as of Mar 10

~ Affected Entities Attached ~

~ Be Careful of CIPA Certifications ~

This is a reminder that the FY 2016 Form 486 deadline is due and overdue for many PA applicants.  The 486 certifies receipt of services/CIPA compliance, and is due within 120 days of the funding commitment letter date or the start of services (whichever is later).  Attached is a list of all entities that have been funded for FY 2016 but who haven’t yet filed their Form 486, along with the Form 486 due date.  If your Form 486 is marked as OVERDUE or the date is shown in red, file the form ASAP so you don’t lose E-rate funding.

Also, be careful when clicking on the CIPA certifications at the end of the form.  Several PA applicants have gotten “click happy” and clicked all of the CIPA certifications, which resulted in just the 3rd CIPA certification being check, indicating that CIPA doesn’t apply.  USAC is now holding those applications until the applicant calls to have them cancelled so they can refile.  Below is a screenshot of the certifications – be sure to ONLY click the 1st button.

A few important notes:

* If you have not yet received your FCDL, you cannot submit a 486 for those FRNs still pending SLD decision. When those applications are funded, those applicants will then have 120 days from the date of the FCDL to submit their 486.

* USAC began sending “OVERDUE 486” e-mails to affected applicants last week.  If you’re listed as “overdue” on the attached list, you likely received an e-mail from USAC in which case you have 15 calendar days from the date on that e-mail to file your 486 without being penalized.  After that, your funding commitment will begin being reduced for each day the 486 is late.

* If you want discounted bills, you must file your Form 486 right away so the service provider can invoice USAC.

* The new 486 is really easy to use as the fields are now all pre-populated.  A helpful Form 486 Guide is attached to this message and I encourage you to keep handy as you’re completing the 486.  It explains what to click and not click to make the form even easier to navigate.

* If you have an FRN that you no longer need, please file a Form 500 in EPC to release the funds (and get off of future lists!).

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
PA E-rate Coordinator
717-730-7133 – o
717-730-9060 – f


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