Process Overview

The links below contain general information, from the USAC website, on the E-Rate program. The “USAC Links” link takes you to the section of the USAC website that contains all of the forms and instructions listed below, and the “USAC Process Map” link contains graphic with a high-level representation of the timing and steps necessary to participate in the program.
USAC Links
USAC Process Map

Procurement

Posting the Form 470 begins the competitive bidding process, which is required for all applicants seeking funding for eligible services that are not part of a multi-year contract. It allows the applicant to describe the services they are seeking, and request proposals from interested service providers.
Form 470 – Procurement/RFP (replaces “RFP (FCC Form 470 – filed by applicant)

Billing

Form 472 – BEAR

Form 474 – SPI

Returning Funds
Instructions
Repayment Methods

Electronic Invoicing
Request setup information by email. In your email, please include the email address where you wish to receive Invoice Status Reports and your SPIN. USAC will then send you a return email explaining the steps in the process.

Instructions
Email

Service Provider Administration

SPIN – Prerequisite Forms

1) Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

2) Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS)

3) FCC Federal Registration Number (FRN)

SPIN – Final Step

4A) SPIN – E-File

4B) SPIN – EPC

SPAC

Miscellaneous

Eligible Service List

Service Substitutions

Via Email

Via EPC

Appeals

Via Email

Via EPC

Invoice Deadline Extension

Via “Submit a Question”

Via EPC

Service Delivery Deadline Extension – Requires Form 500

Form 500 – FY 2015 and Before

Form 500 – FY 2016 and After

SPIN Change – Requires Form 500

Form 500 – FY 2015 and Before

Form 500 – FY 2016 and After