The firm’s founder, Teri Lawrence, has been providing training and support to Louisiana E-Rate applicants since 1998.
She has served on the Louisiana Governor’s E-Rate Oversight Committee, is a former member of State E-Rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA) and assisted in securing $132 million in Katrina funding to help rebuild schools and libraries in the state.
For E-Rate FY 2012-13, we filed E-Rate applications for more than 423 schools and libraries in Louisiana. We are also providing support for applicants selected for BCAP audits, as well as, Cost-Effective and Selective Reviews.
Our firm has chosen to work exclusively on the applicant side of E-Rate which enables us to be fully involved in the technology planning and all the E-Rate processes.
We are currently accepting new clients for the 2013-14 filing period, and we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible so you can maximize your E-rate discounts.
Beginning in FY 2013-2014 will begin offering affordable E-Rate consulting to small private and public charter schools.
Why do applicants need an E-Rate Consultant?
The E-Rate application process is complex and can be frightening. No one wants to lose E-Rate funding, but it happens more often than it should.
In our state, people who began filing E-Rate in 1998 are retiring, moving to other positions or suffering from work overload due to budget cuts in education.
Filing for E-Rate discounts is like filing a corporate tax form. Many of us hire CPAs to do our tax forms because we don’t know all the changes in tax laws or have the time to complete the paperwork — not to mention having someone to represent us in an audit. Hiring an E-Rate Consultant is much the same.
Many schools and libraries don’t have the resources they need to:
- Attend E-Rate training
- Research the ever-changing E-Rate eligibility rules
- Assemble documentation or keep up with the required filing deadlines.
Consequently, many schools are not applying for the significant discounts to which they would be entitled under this program.
Even if the application process is completed as required, significant funds are often lost by schools because key forms were not submitted by predetermined deadlines or discounts were not properly applied.
In Louisiana, on average approximately $3 million goes unclaimed each year due to failure to file B.E.A.R. reimbursements. Filing for E-Rate discounts is like filing a tax form.
It is estimated that billions of dollars in awarded E-Rate discounts have gone unclaimed since the program’s inception. With seasonally high workload, E-rate is not a one-time job but a year-round job.