E-Rate Discounts depend on:
  • the level of poverty and
  • the urban/rural status of the population served
  • and range from 20% to 90% of the costs of eligible services.


DISCOUNT MATRIX


An E-rate discount can range from 20% to 90%, depending whether your school is located in an urban or rural area and the economic need of your students. The level of economic need is determined by the percentage of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program. Both of these sets of information are then used to determine the school’s discount by using the matrix below:

INCOME
URBAN LOCATION DISCOUNT
RURAL LOCATION DISCOUNT
If the % of students in your school that qualifies for the National School Lunch Program is...
...and you are in an URBAN area, your discount will be...
...and you are in a RURAL area, your discount will be...
Less than 1%
20%
25%
1% to 19%
40%
50%
20% to 34%
50%
60%
35% to 49%
60%
70%
50% to 74%
80%
80%
75% to 100%
90%
90%

*Income is measured by % of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program


NORTH CAROLINA FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH DATA





URBAN COUNTY DESIGNATIONS


Every school or library in the United States is located in either a rural or an urban area, based on Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) data. To determine whether your school is located in an urban or rural-designated county, see:

www.universalservice.org/sl/applicants/step05/urban-rural/msa/northcarolina.asp

All the counties listed are Rural. All the counties not listed are Urban.