Are You an Average E-rate Applicant?
Think you have it tough filing a E-rate funding requests for a half dozen sites? In the 2007 E-rate funding year, one applicant made requests for 1,519 sites! This according to a new report from Funds For Learning released at the FETC 2008 conference in Orlando, FL Thursday. The report, "The Average E-rate Applicant," compiled data from nearly 23,000 applicants over the course of the year to generate a picture of typical E-rate behavior.
According to Funds For Learning, which provides guidance services for E-rate applicants, on average applicants made 5.4 funding requests last year for an average of 6.1 sites. Of the nearly 23,000 applicants studied, only 3,143 made only a single funding request, while 11,366 applicants made requests for a single site. The largest number of funding requests from a single applicant was 422.
So what did applicants request funding for? It breaks down like this:
- Total applicants: 21,496
- Total Requests: 75,006
- Average Requested Amount: $64,726
- Total applicants: 13,472
- Total Requests: 23,123
- Average Requested Amount: $27,226
- Total applicants: 4,053
- Total Requests: 16,906
- Average Requested Amount: $427,099
- Total applicants: 3,928
- Total Requests: 9,312
- Average Requested Amount: $66,630
Overall, according to the report, the average discount rate through the program was 81.1 percent. Further information about the report and about E-rate is available at the links below.
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