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Funds For Learning Debuts New E-rate Manager Packages
- By Dian Schaffhauser
E-rate Manager customers will now have the option of selecting between three levels of service and features that best serve their E-rate needs.
Funds For Learning, a company that helps school districts and libraries go after E-rate funds from the federal government, has developed a new set of offerings for a tool its clients use to track and manage their E-rate work. E-rate is a program funded by the Federal Communications Commission to assist schools in funding implementation of telecommunications and data services and products.
E-rate Manager for Applicants now comes in three versions: standard, premium, and professional. The standard edition includes E-rate funding reports sortable by year, funding status, service provider, and category, as well as form statuses. In fall 2012 mobile-friendly access will be available for funding request information.
The premium version includes those functions as well as tools and wizards for creating, copying, and electronically submitting E-rate-related forms. It also has auto-tracking to notify clients about changes in their form status, funding commitments, and processing of forms, as well as online document archiving, and advanced reporting capabilities.
The professional edition adds a larger amount of archive capacity, additional reporting, invoice reconciliation services, asset tracking, and video training and online compliance to test staff understanding of the E-rate rules and practices.
Pricing of the offerings starts at $199 and varies depending on the size of the district.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.