Is it too early to file a Form 486?

There are some restrictions in filing a Form 486 early. You may choose to file a Form 486 prior to July 31 of the respective E-Rate Funding Year if:

  • You have received a positive decision in a Funding Commitment Decision Letter,

  • the services will start in the month of July, and

  • you can make the certifications required in the Form 486 (CIPA etc..).

  • You are filing the Form 486 prior to or on July 31. (option)



See also the Filing Deadline information posted at this link.

Filing Deadline

The FCC Form 486 must be certified no later than 120 days after the service start date or 120 days after the date of the FCDL, whichever date is later. Filing late can result in a reduction in funding; the later the form is filed after the deadline, the greater the reduction. You can use the Deadlines Tool to calculate your FCC Form 486 deadline.

After you certify an FCC Form 486 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC), you will receive a notification in your EPC News feed. A notification will also be sent to the service provider(s) listed on the form.

(from USAC website)


If you are confused about this just wait until Aug 1 before filing a Form 486 but remember restrictions 1 through 3 apply in any Form 486 filing event still apply.

I suggest you put the filing of the respective Form 486 on your calendar and set alerts for that event. You will only be 31 days into the Form 486 deadline on August 1 if the services started or were continued from the previous Funding Year. However, do what you can to be reminded to file as the Form 486 is one of the easiest forms to file in the E-Rate program, it is also the easiest to forget and IT IS A REQUIRED FORM EVERY YEAR!!

Here are some training/informational links that may help:

https://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step05/default.aspx https://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step05/installation.aspx https://www.usac.org/sl/applicants/step05/form-486.aspx


https://www.usac.org/_res/video/sl/12-erate-filing-process/index.html (recommended)

https://www.usac.org/_res/video/sl/01-intro-to-efile/index.html (5th and 6th bulleted section)


Please contact Jerome Browning, Utah State E-Rate Coordinator, in the event you need assistance with this or any E-Rate filing.

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