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Keeping on Track
Notices and Tasks for the Previous Funding Year:
FY2016 (7/1/16-6/30/17)
 
E-Rate Step 6: Filing for a Refund
  • FY2016File a Form 498 in EPC in preparation for receiving FY2016 reimbursements via direct deposit
     Note: a new form is not required for FY2016 if you filed one for FY2015 and have an approved 498 ID
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    Resource: [PDF]Form 498 How to Guide
    Constraints: you cannot file a BEAR form for FY2016 until this form has been filed
    Deadline: before first FY2016 BEAR
  • FY2016File BEARs for reimbursements for FY2016 products and services
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    Resource: [PDF]Form 472 BEAR How to Guide
    Constraints: cannot be filed until both a Form 486 and a Form 498 are filed
    Deadline: October 28, 2017

Notices and Tasks for the Current Funding Year:
FY2017 (7/1/17-6/30/18)
E-Rate Step 4: Funding Approval
E-Rate Step 5: Bill Payment
  • FY2017File a Form 486 in EPC to indicate the start of FY2017 services
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    Resource: UPDATED[PDF]FY2017 Form 486 How to Guide
    Constraints: cannot be filed until an FCDL has been issued
    Deadline: October 29, 2017 if FCDL is dated July 1, 2017 or earlier
    or
    120 days from date of FCDL if dated after July 1, 2017
E-Rate Step 6: Filing for a Refund
  • FY2017File a Form 498 in EPC in preparation for receiving FY2017 reimbursements via direct deposit
     Note: a new form is not required for FY2017 if you previously filed one and have an approved 498 ID
  •  
    Resource: [PDF]Form 498 How to Guide
    Constraints: you cannot file a BEAR form for FY2017 until you have an approved 498 ID
    Deadline: before first FY2017 BEAR
  • FY2017File BEARs for reimbursements for FY2017 products and services
  •  
    Resource: [PDF]Form 472 BEAR How to Guide
    Constraints: cannot be filed until a Form 486 is filed and you have an approved 498 ID
    Deadline: October 28, 2018

Notices and Tasks for the Next Funding Year:
FY2018 (7/1/18-6/30/19)
 
E-Rate Step 1: Making a Plan
Networkmaine Members only: Pre-Enrollment
  • FY2018Pre-Enrollment   for Networkmaine sites wihout DOE reported NSLP data
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    Window: October 30, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Networkmaine Members only: Enrollment
  • FY2018Enrollment   for all Networkmaine sites (school districts, independent schools, libraries)
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    Window: October 30, 2017 - November 17, 2017
  • FY2018File a Form 470 in EPC to identify desired products and services
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    Resource: UPDATED[PDF]FY2018 Form 470 How to Guide
    Deadline: deadline TBD once FY2018 Form 471 Filing Window has been announced