Funding guide

Department of Education - Title I, Part A

Broadband Funding Guide

Department of Education

Federal Agency

Department of Education

Agency Overview

The U.S. Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department recognizes the importance of access to high-speed broadband both inside and outside of school as critical for expanding educational and career opportunities for students—particularly those in rural, tribal, or under-resourced communities—and is committed to identifying Department funds that can be used to support access to broadband.

Program Name

Title I, Part A

Program Overview

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas.

Program Purpose
  • Broadband Infrastructure (e.g. construction)
  • Other
Eligible Recipients
  • K-12 Schools

Agency Contact

Todd Stephenson

(202) 205-1645

Funding Type


FY2018 Funding Amount


FY2019 Funding Amount


Additional Information

This is one of a number of Department programs in which broadband may be incorporated into the program only under certain circumstances. Generally, Title I, Part A can support broadband if  the broadband is: (1) Used only by Title I participants (e.g., all students in a Title I schoolwide or students selected for services in a Title I targeted assistance school); (2) Designed to improve the academic achievement of low-achieving students served by Title I and the use aligns with the needs identified in a Title I school’s schoolwide plan or the design of its targeted assistance program; (3) Involves necessary and reasonable costs ; and (4) Installed consistent with the definition of “minor remodeling” in 34 CFR Part 77. That definition of minor remodeling means “minor alterations in a previously completed building. The term also includes the extension of utility lines, such as water and electricity, from points beyond the confines of the space in which the minor remodeling is undertaken but within the confines of the previously completed building. The term does not include building construction, structural alterations to buildings, building maintenance, or repairs.”

As such, the allowability of costs is always situation specific.  For that reason, if a local educational agency is considering using funds under this program for costs related to broadband access, it must be sure that the use of the funds is, under the specific circumstances of the expenditure, consistent with program requirements, such as those outlined above.