Top 5 Questions Regarding Waves of E-Rate Funding
The Schools and Libraries Program (SLD) has announced that the first wave of funding commitment decision letters (FCDLs) for fiscal year 2014 will be dated May 15, 2014.
As soon as the first wave of awardees has been announced, it’s important that applicants file Form 486, then notify their vendors and let them know how the would like to be billed. If a school or district is not included in the first wave, there ’s expected to be more than 50 funding waves to follow.
Leading up to this week’s announcement, here are the answers to five frequently asks questions about the waves of E-rate funding.
How will I be notified of my E-rate funding commitment?
The SLD will send out FCDLs to inform applicants of their E-rate discounts. These letters will be mailed in waves, rather than waiting for all applications to be fully processed before issuing any letters. Only those applicants who submitted complete requests within the application window will receive FCDLs.
When will the first wave of letters be sent and how frequently will the waves of letters be sent?
A wave of letters will be mailed every week. As each wave is sent, the SLD will announce its size and post state-by-state information on the SLD website.
How will I know which wave my letter is in?
There is no definitive way to know in advance which wave a particular FCDL might be in. The SLD will post information about each wave on its website the first business day after it has been mailed.
Will I receive only one Funding Commitment Decision Letter?
The SLD will issue a FCDL for each Form 471 that was submitted.
What if I disagree with a funding commitment decision?
If you disagree with a funding commitment decision, an appeal letter must be received at the SLD within 60 days of the date that is on the decision letter (not the letter’s postmark date).