Finance Management

Funds For Learning Unveils Expanded Versions of E-rate Manager Tool for States, Service Providers

E-rate compliance services firm Funds For Learning has expanded its E-rate Manager analytics tool, launching E-rate Manager Advanced and Enterprise versions to help state coordinators and service providers better manage their districts’ E-rate activities, FFL said in a news release.

The upgraded options build on last year’s release of the free E-rate Manager tool for schools and libraries, with three tiers specifically built for different users in K–12 education:

  • Advanced, for state coordinators

  • Enterprise, for service providers

  • Free, best for individual schools, districts, or library applicants

Advanced and Enterprise versions are built to help users “track E-rate funding, meet critical deadlines, and make participating in the E-rate program more manageable,” FFL said.

Additional features of the Advanced version include:

  • Daily funding monitor

  • Saved searches and filters: Account-level & ProPack custom searches

  • Support & training

Additional features of the Enterpise version include:

  • Daily Form 470 notifications

  • Access to custom data

  • Advanced saved searches and filters (e.g., zip, area code)

  • Unlimited web conference training

  • Salesforce and CRM integrations

  • E-rate custom API

"With Advanced and Enterprise, state coordinators and service providers now have more insight into the E-rate program to help make more informed decisions and have easy access to public information that is otherwise difficult to track down and manage," said Brian Stephens, Director of Stakeholder engagement at Funds For Learning.

The free E-rate Manager tool introduced in 2022 allows applicants to view their school or library's funding history through several filters, offering visibility into how funds have been requested, committed and disbursed.

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Kristal Kuykendall is editor, 1105 Media Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].