The E-rate provides discounts of 20 percent to 90 percent for eligible telecommunications services, depending on economic need and location (urban or rural). The level of discount is based on the percentage of students eligible for participation the National School Lunch Program or other federally approved alternative mechanisms. (Non-public schools and others not participating in the National School Lunch Program can use federally approved alternative mechanisms contained in the Improving America's Schools Act. Details of such mechanisms may be found in "Alternative Discount Mechanisms" on the SLD web site.
INCOME Measured by % of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program URBAN LOCATION
If the percentage of students in the school qualifying for the National School Lunch Program is ... ... and the school is in an URBAN area, the E-rate discount will be ... ... and the school is in a RURAL area, the E-rate discount will be ...Less than 1%20%25%1% to 19%40%50%20% to 34%50%60%35% to 49%60%70%50% to 74%80%80%75% to 100%90%90%