Depending whether your school is located in an urban or rural area and the economic needs of your students, a school can attain an E-Rate discount in a range of 20 percent to 90 percent. The level of economic needs is determined by the percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Both of these sets of information are then used to determine the school’s discount by using the E-Rate Discount Matrix.
To calculate a school’s E-Rate discount, each school first must determine the percentage of its students by school that are eligible for the NSLP, which is basically 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Eligibility criteria is based on whether or not a student's family falls within the income eligibility guidelines of NSLP. Eligibility is not based on a student's participation in NSLP.
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Eligibility Data
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) CIPA Filtering Requirements
E-Rate Discount Matrix (PDF)
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