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Form 500 Adjustment to Funding Commitment and Modification to Receipt of Service Confirmation

Introduction:

FCC Form 500, Adjustment to Funding Commitment and Modification to Receipt of Service Confirmation Form, is a form that can be filed by an applicant to either:

  1. Change a service start date or a contract expiration date; or
  2. Cancel or reduce a funding commitment.

Detailed instructions for completing and mailing a Form 500 can be found:

Fillable versions of Form 500 (and other E-rate forms) are available in several formats in the Forms Rack section of this Web site. These versions can be used online or can be downloaded for subsequent use.

Preparation Tips:

Tip 1: Extend contract expiration dates to take advantage of installation grace periods.

  • For the any E-rate program year, technically ending June 30, the FCC established a grace period to allow applicants until September 30 to install equipment or otherwise use E-rate discounts for non-recurring expenses.
  • If the original contract, under which a discount was approved, expires before the end of the grace period, an applicant needing to take advantage of the extra time must: (a) work out a contract extension with the vendor; and (b) so notify the SLD by filing a Form 500.

Tip 2: Reduce (or cancel) a funding commitment if the full amount is not required.

  • Since funding applications are typically submitted well before the start of an E-rate program year, applicants may later find that the SLD has awarded funds in excess of their actual needs. Once it becomes clear that all or a portion of the awarded discounts are not going to be used, the applicant should file a Form 500 to cancel or reduce the funding commitment.
  • Reducing or canceling funding that cannot be used is not a formal requirement, but is a highly recommended and good faith action that should be undertaken by all E-rate applicants.
  • The sooner the SLD is notified that all or a portion of previously awarded funds are not needed by the original applicant, the greater is the possibility that these funds can be awarded to another needy applicant.

Tip 3: Warning: Reductions or cancellations of funding commitments are irreversible.

  • Submission of a Form 500 to reduce or cancel a funding commitment is an irreversible action. Once funding is reduced, it cannot be restored. An applicant should not file a Form 500 to reduce funding unless it is sure that the service will not be used in that program year or that the original expense estimate was clearly too high.