VERY rarely in the history of the E-Rate program has the FCC/USAC extended the Form 471 filing deadline. However, today they announced a three week extension. The new deadline for filing 2015 E-Rate applications is Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
Several large school districts, including Los Angeles and Chicago, had requested more time to complete and submit the new Forms 471. In addition, results from a Funds for Learning survey conducted this month indicated that 89% of respondents across the country supported the move to push the rapidly approaching deadline into April.
Also important for applicants is the fact that this change alters the effective Form 470 filing deadline. The new date by which applicants must submit their 2015 Forms 470 is March 19, 2015. This is good news for those applicants who had missed the original Form 470 filing deadline of February 26, 2015!