Anticipated FY 2019 Category 2 Budget Multiplier

March 4, 2019

Attached: C2 Remaining Budget Calculation Example

There are 3 crucial pieces of data needed in order to determine the remaining Category 2 budget amounts for each school:  Current Enrollment, FY 2019 Budget Multiplier, Amount of Category 2 Previously Used.  The FY 2019 Budget Multiplier has not yet been formally set by the FCC, but last week the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released their initial data for the 2018 inflation rate, which showed a 2.2% increase from 2017.  Because the Form 471 window is nearing its final days, and because it could take the FCC several weeks to issue their formal Public Notice with the adjusted C2 budget caps, I wanted to provide you with what I think are safe C2 budget caps to use for FY 2019:

Schools - $159.00/student

Non-Urban Libraries – $2.45/sq. ft.

Urban Libraries – $5.30/sq. ft.

Minimum - $9,775/building

How to Calculate your FY 2019 Category 2 Budgets
Use the enrollments (and square footage for libraries) that you entered into each school’s EPC profile during the FY 2019 Admin Window, and multiply them by the amounts shown above to determine each schools’ “Starting C2 Budget.”   Then subtract any Category 2 pre-discount amounts that have been committed (not disbursed) in FY 2015, FY 2016, 2017, & 2018 for that school.  Where can you find these 2 crucial pieces of data?

Currently Listed Enrollments (sq. footage for libraries):  EPC Landing Page > Name of District > Discount Rate > Show Entities

Category 2 Committed Amounts:  Use USAC C2 Budget Tool (below)

Attached is an example that shows how to calculate the remaining Category 2 budgets for each school.

USAC’s Category 2 Budget Tool -

This tool can be somewhat helpful in determining each school or library’s remaining C2 budget.  Unfortunately, it does NOT use the updated enrollments from the FY 2019 Admin Window and has NOT been updated to reflect the FY 2019 inflation-adjusted per-pupil C2 multipliers.  However, the “Approved Pre-Discount Amount” – the middle figure with the green arrow – is accurate and encompasses all previous pre-discount committed amounts and all processed Form 500’s.  Use this middle number in your off-line calculations.


Don’t Exceed Your Category 2 Budgets!

Whatever you do, don’t request more Category 2 funding for a school than what remains in that school’s budget.  Why?  Your application will likely be moved to the end of the PIA review list, and PIA will just make you give specific information about which pieces of equipment that should be removed from your request to come into budget anyway.  Important: The Form 471 doesn’t check to see if you’ve requested more than what’s available in your Category 2 budget.

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

- Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
PA E-rate Coordinator

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