E-Rate Discount Calculation

Your school can receive an E-Rate discount in a range of 20 to 90 percent depending on its location (in an urban or rural area) and the economic needs of your students. The level of economic needs is determined by the percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Both 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 must first determine the percentage of students by school who are eligible for the NSLP.  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.

Find the E-Rate information below:

National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Eligibility Data 
Getting Started with E-Rate 
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) CIPA Filtering Requirements (outside source)
E-Rate Discount Matrix (PDF)