When should applications or forms for a funding year for E-Rate be submitted?
Applications are filed each year. Now is the time to learn, train, prepare, and begin work for 2009-2010.
Form 470 (Services Requested) (Oct-Jan) Form 470 must be filed at least 28 days prior to filing Form 471. The last date to file Form 470 for the 2008-2009 year will be January 10, 2008.
Form 471 (Services Ordered) (Nov-Feb) Each year a filing window for Form 471 generally begins mid November and continues through the first week in February prior to the start of a funding year. For funding year July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 the window for Form 471 was November 14, 2007 through February 8, 2008.
Form 486 (Services Confirmed) (July – June once services begin) Form 486 is filed once services begin usually in July. The Form 486 must be postmarked no later than: 120 days after the Service Start Date featured on the Form 486, or 120 days after the date of the Funding Commitment Decision Letter, whichever is later.
Forms 472/474 (Billed Entity Reimbursement/Service Provider Invoice) (July – June once services are received) Form 472 should be filed after services are received. Form 474 is an Invoice, submitted to USAC for the services you have received.