Funds For Learning Introduces ‘My E-rate Guides℠’ to Further Support E-rate Applicants - Tech Learning
Expanded services address in-the-moment needs of E-rate applicants who are seeking vital resources that connect students and library patrons to the internet

Edmond, Okla. (March 12, 2018) – In keeping with its mission to improve the lives of students by helping them connect to the internet, Funds For Learning has added a suite of new services. My E-rate Guides℠ brings monthly online learning events, a community Q&A forum, an on-demand archive and hourly consulting opportunities to applicants as they navigate the federal E-rate funding program.

“We know that not every applicant needs help from a third party,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “Sometimes they just need one question answered or a clarification, a little information. My E-rate Guides℠ gives applicants the information they need, when they need it.”

Based on a monthly or annual subscription model, My E-rate Guides℠ is a professional service providing E-rate applicants with access to expert information.

· Online learning: Monthly events focused on timely, relevant updates.

· Community Q&A: Forum to connect with and learn from colleagues every month.

· On-demand archive: 24/7 access to past events and resources.

· Hourly consulting: As-needed, fee-based access to Funds For Learning expert consultants.

“The E-rate program can feel overwhelming at times, and we want applicants to have options when deciding how much support they need,” said Cathy Cruzan, President of Funds For Learning. “All-inclusive services aren’t the best fit for everyone. That’s why we’re creating more ways for applicants to get the help they need.”

Funds For Learning clients and E-rate Manager subscribers receive free access to My E-rate Guides℠. For more information, visit www.fundsforlearning.com/myguides.

About Funds For Learning

Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.FundsForLearning.com or phone 405-341-4140.

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