Erate for Libraries:

  • Fall 2017 E-Rate Overview Registration

    11/1/2017 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 520 S. Creyts Road, Lansing 48917

    An E-Rate orientation for beginners is being offered this year by Michigan E-Rate Advisory Committee with the support of the Michigan Department of Education and the Library of Michigan. This year, two Michigan E-Rate consultants, members of the Michigan E-Rate Advisory Committee, will join us to discuss what you need to know when you hire a consultant - their role and your responsibilities. The purpose of this orientation is to assist schools and libraries that are new to E-Rate with:

    - Understanding the processes involved;

    - Familiarizing applicants with timelines, requirements, and regulations;

    - Learning what to expect as part of the funding request process;

    - Locating the tools available, including those provided by the Universal Service Administrative Company; and

    - Finding out where to go for more in-depth training whether you file independently, as part of a consortia application, or with a consultant.

    Lunch will be provided. Please bring a device as paper PowerPoints will not be handed out.


    Registration is available online.  Space is very limited so register today! If you register and are unable to attend, please let me know immediately so that space can be made available for others. 

  • Universal Service Fund USF (E-rate) Support Services through the Library of Michigan. Check this link for specific information.

    E-rate is the federal program that provides for reduced rates on Internet access and internal connections for schools and libraries. Your discount rate is based on the number of school children in your area who are eligible for a free or reduced lunch. E-rate can save your library money through lower fees for these vital services! E-Rate is seeing exciting changes. 

  • Submit an e-rate help desk case

    To connect with E-Rate support services through E-Rate Central, please use this form. If your question does not require our help desk staff to research your individual situation you can also send a simple email to

  • Weekly E-Rate Central Newsletter Archive

Discount Calculations for Libraries/NSLP Data

  • Michigan Fall 2016 E-Rate NSLP Report for E-Rate FY2017 - NEW PDF icon

    This year’s file format is more of a spreadsheet layout and more closely models the format the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) requests from states.  The report also contains National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) codes, E-Rate Productivity Center (EPC) Billed Entity Number (BEN) and Building Entity numbers.  In addition to enrollment, National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) data, NSLP district totals, enrollment and NSLP percentage are also provided for each building listed.

    Be aware that school district names, school building names and their associations are driven by the EEM (Educational Entity Master) records available at the time of the Fall 2016 General Collection.

    It is normal for there to be slight variations between the student counts on this report and those reported during the fall collection due to various adjustments that occur between October and December.

    Should E-rate applicants have more updated EPC BEN and Building Entity numbers available, please feel free to send any such updates to indicating the parent/district name and BEN and school building name and building entity number.