If You Missed the Form 471 Deadline…..

March 23, 2018

Attached: FCC 471 Window Waiver Letter – FY 2018

Attached: FCC Waiver Request Filing Instructions

Although I hesitate to provide this information because I can’t guarantee the results, and I don’t want anyone relying on it for future years, I know several PA applicants encountered unusual circumstances that prevented them from filing their FY 2018 Form 471 by the March 22, 2018 deadline.  If you are in this situation, you should submit your Form 471 on or before Thursday, April 5, 2018 – BUT ABSOLUTELY NO LATER THAN THIS DATE – and then submit a Request for Deadline Waiver to the FCC, seeking to have your application be considered as timely filed.  In the last 7 years, the FCC has granted such requests, but there is no requirement that they do so.  Please know that if, and when, the FCC grants your Waiver Request, your Form 471 application will THEN go into PIA review (likely at the end of the review queue).

With these caveats in mind, please follow these exact steps, in this exact order:

  1. Submit the Form 471 in EPC on or before Thursday, April 5, 2018.  The status will be ‘Filed Outside of Window.’
  2. Download the attached “Form 471 Deadline Waiver Letter” and complete the highlighted areas with your specific information.
  3. Print on school or library letterhead.  Sign.  Save as .pdf document.
  4. Go to:  https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings and follow the instructions on the attached “FCC Waiver Request Filing Instructions” document.  Be sure to hit ‘Submit’ on the second page of the online form.

Note: The FCC Waiver Letter does NOT need to be submitted by the April 5 deadline.  But don’t wait too long.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell

PA E-rate Coordinator

717-730-7133 – o

717-730-9060 – f




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