FY 2018 Form 471 Filing Window Dates Announced

December 15, 2017

Attached: E-rate Timeline

Admin Window: Open Now – January 10
Form 471 Window:  January 11 – March 22

We have the dates!  USAC has just announced the FY 2018 window dates and thus, your E-rate Timetable can be set.  Attached is a timeline to help you keep track of the dates for each funding year (FY 2018 is in pink), and here’s what you should be doing and by when:

Administrative Window – From now until January 10, public and nonpublic schools should go into their EPC profiles to update their enrollment/NSLP data and obtain E-rate entity numbers for any new schools or non-instructional facilities.  Likewise, if libraries have any changes to their square footage or library buildings, they should make those changes by January 10 as well.  After this date, the EPC profile data will be locked down and cannot be edited.  The Guide to Updating EPC Profiles and draft enrollment/NSLP data is available at: http://e-ratepa.org/?p=23291.

Form 470s – If you haven’t yet posted your Form 470 for services that must be competitively bid for FY 2018, you still have some time to do so, although not much.  Although the Form 471 deadline isMarch 22, and therefore the last possible date to file the Form 470 is February 22, applicants – especially public schools — should have your 470’s released before you leave for the holiday break so you can take the contracts to your February board meeting(s) for approval.  Please do not plan to take your contracts to the March board meeting!

Form 471sAlthough the Form 471 deadline is March 22, I encourage everyone to file as early as possible in the Form 471 window.  For contracts that have already been signed, MTM services where vendors have been selected, or multi-year contracts signed in previous years, filing when the window opens is a great idea to be at the top of the list when they review applications.

If you have any questions about the window filing dates, please let me know!

Happy EPC Updating!

– Julie

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


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