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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%|
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:
All the counties listed are Rural.
All the counties not listed are Urban.
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
Spreadsheets from North Carolina: