The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is in the process of improving its Schools and Libraries Division information technology systems. As part of this effort, several features on the organization's website will be unavailable from Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 13. To help applicants manage the E-rate process during this downtime, Funds For Learning, an E-rate funding compliance services firm, is offering a free trial of E-rate Manager for Applicants during the month of September.
According to USAC, the interactive areas of their website, in which applicants file forms and conduct searches, will be unavailable during the site maintenance. With E-rate Manager for Applicants, users will have the ability to quickly find the information that will be unavailable through the USAC website, including:
--Status and details about funding requests and commitments
--Dates and amounts of authorized reimbursements
--Copies of Form 470 and 471 paperwork as it appears on the USAC Web site
--SPIN contact information
--Billed entity numbers
E-rate Manager for Applicants allows schools and libraries to track their E-rate funding information, create payment paperwork forms, and store documents throughout the entire E-rate application process, even during the downtime of the USAC website.
Applicants can take advantage of this free offer by visiting www.eratemanager.com/activate.
At the end of the free access period, users will be offered an annual subscription for E-rate Manager for Applicants at a price starting at $249 per user.
Source: Funds For Learning, LLC, www.fundsforlearning.com