FY 2024 Form 471 Deadline is Tomorrow!

March 26, 2024

~ Contact me ASAP if you can’t meet the March 27 deadline ~

~ Summary and Status of Submitted FRNs Attached ~

By my calculations, about 150 PA entities still have to file before tomorrow’s midnight deadline.  If you haven’t yet started the 471, please do so today!  If you cannot make the March 27 deadline, please contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss your options.  Also, attached is a summary of every FRN requested as of last night, along with the current FRN status (highlighted).

Final words of wisdom:

1 – You must file a Form 471 every year to request funding for recurring services – even if you’re in a multi-year contract.  There’s no such thing as a multi-year E-rate funding commitment.

2 – Support SKUs (maintenance) for Internal Connections must be filed on a separate FRN.

3 – If a SKU has no cost, or you are not requesting E-rate discounts on it, leave it off your Form 471 entirely.

4 – Don’t use the Save & Share or Send for Certification Buttons on the Form 471.  It will take the application out of your EPC portal and send to all other EPC Users for your entity.  You’ll find yourself frantic wondering why your application disappeared.

5 – There’s no way to upload a contract amendment into EPC.  Don’t create a new Contract Record.  You can mention in the FRN narrative if your contract was amended and PIA will reach out for a copy of the amendment if they need it.

Ask me Anything Zoom Session:  Today is the final AMA Zoom Session at 11:00 a.m.  There will be no formal presentation, just an open dialogue for you to ask any questions you have about E-rate and your applications.

Join at:  https://cciu.zoom.us/j/92703028329?pwd=bjc1dnBpSWFMcVY1WWpGVitQTkpqQT09

Filing Guides Available at: http://e-ratepa.org/?page_id=754 (Bid Evaluation, Contract Records, Form 471, Top Form 471 Filing Tips, RAL Modifications, PIA Reviews, etc.)

FY 2024 Status of Filings as of 3/25/2024 @ 11 p.m.:

  • 1736 FRNs filed by 753 PA entities (1166 FRNs for C1, filed by 667 unique entities)
  • 735 FRNs are currently in ‘Wave Ready’ Status!
  • Check attached list to see your current status

Happy Filing and Spring!


– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell
Pennsylvania E-rate Coordinator
717-730-7133 – o

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