Please be informed that the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW) program has undergone a few changes recently. While not a Sault Tribe program, many of our tribal members utilize this state program which waives tuition for eligible students attending state-supported Michigan institutions on a full-time, part-time, or summer school status.
First, the program is now being administered by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. It was previously administered by Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. The new contact person is:
Melissa Claramunt, American Indian Specialist
Office Telephone: (517) 241-7748
Cell Phone: (231) 360-1005
Second, only applicants who are certified by their US federally recognized tribe to be enrolled members with not less than ¼ quantum Indian blood will be eligible for the MITW. There were questions about the eligibility of Canadian First Nations citizens and members of state historic tribes and a July 14, 2010 memorandum from the Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights clarifies the new policy and procedure.
Third, there is a new application form for the MITW. Your school may require you resubmit a MITW application and get re-certified or your school may recognize your current status - it is their prerogative whether or not to “grandfather” students who were receiving the MITW as processed previously.
See attached application.