New Urban/Rural Look-Up Tool Available

December 23, 2014

Today USAC released their new Urban/Rural Look-Up Tool which is available at:  This tool is designed to help applicants determine the individual and aggregate Urban and Rural status which will be used to calculate the applicant’s overall E-rate discount.  Please note that when you submit your FY 2015 Form 471, Block 4, the online system will pre-populate the U/R status for each building.  This tool is just designed to give you information in advance of filing the application in order to help determine your discount.

Several notes:

  • The first page of the tool asks if you are looking up entities in a School District, Individual School, Individual Library or Library System.  If you check School District or Library System, it will allow you to enter a list of entity numbers (which must be separated by commas) and the system will return results showing the U/R status of each entity, and also then calculate whether the District or System as a whole is Urban or Rural.  Unfortunately, it does not allow you to simply enter your District’s Billed Entity Number and see a list of all your schools and their U/R status.
  • If an entity’s U/R status comes back with a ‘?’, it means the address in the USAC database for that entity is invalid.  Applicants seeing this message should call the Client Service Bureau at 888-203-8100 and correct that entity’s physical address in the USAC database.
  • Don’t forget, in order to receive the Rural-discount for a School District or Library System, more than half of the schools or libraries (not including non-instructional facilities) must have the Rural status.  For example, if you have 5 schools and 3 are considered Urban, the district will be considered Urban.
  • If you are unsure of your school or library entity numbers, I’ve also attached a master file containing every entity number with a PA address (sorted by city) which also contains the U/R status for each entity or whether the address is invalid and needs to be corrected in the USAC database.

– Julie

Julie Tritt Schell

PA E-rate Coordinator

717-730-7133 – o

717-730-9060 – f


Site graciously hosted by the Capital Area IU 15 | Site designed and maintained by Silver Penny Studio