Tip #1: Plan now for calculating Year 3 discount levels

Now is a good time to start thinking about optimizing your discount levels for Year 3 of the eRate. Remember that discount levels are based on each school's percentage of students who are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program--not the percentage of students who actually participate in the program, which tends to be lower, particularly among middle or high schools.

The problem faced by many applicants is that only these lower participation figures are readily available...

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