The deadline for applying for the 2003 eRate—which provides discounts on telecommunications services and internet access to schools and libraries—is Jan. 16. The eRate is a complicated program, governed by rules that can sometimes seem perplexing to school officials. Nevertheless, with approximately $2.25 billion worth of discounts available each year, it pays to pay attention.

Here are Funds For Learning's top 10 tips for success, based on five years of experience working with the program and what Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) officials say are some of the most common mistakes applicants make. Many of


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