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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. —The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians tribal board of directors has approved a one-time reimbursement program (up to $1,000 per student) to enhance the technology infrastructure of Sault Tribe students pursuing higher education. Applicants must provide justification for how the technology related purchase is needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sault Tribe Higher Education Technology Enhancement Reimbursement Program will be operated on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to any currently enrolled Sault Tribe higher education student with a permanent address tribe’s seven-county service area.

Applicants must provide the following information by Oct. 30 to qualify:
 —Completed technology enhancement application
 —Copy of tribal card
 —IRS W-9 form
 —Proof of current enrollment in a higher education program
 —Receipt for purchased item (with proof of purchase between March 1 and Oct. 30, 2020)

Reimbursement will be provided for allowable expenses only. The Sault Tribe will have full discretion to approve or deny reimbursements on an item-by-item basis. No reimbursements will be allowed for personal items such as cell phones, cell phone bills, in home internet bills, televisions, gaming consoles and accessories, etc. Please see the list of allowable expenses below:
 —Computers (laptops/desktops/chrome books)
 —Computer accessories (chargers, keyboards, mice, webcams, external hard drives, etc.)
 —iPad/Tablets or accessories (chargers, cases, headphones, screen protectors etc.)
 —Technology related software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Pro, etc.)
 —Printers / Printer Ink / Scanners
 —Online coursework subscriptions / e-textbooks (hard copy text books excluded)
 —Wi-Fi routers / internet modems / Wi-Fi signal boosters

All applications and applicable documents must be submitted to the Sault Tribe Education Department no later than Oct. 30, 2020, by 5 p.m. Email submissions preferred. Reimbursement checks will be mailed to qualified applicants by Nov. 20. Please call or email with eligibility questions:
 Sault Tribe Education Division
 Attn: Cody Jodoin
 2 Ice Circle, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
 Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Phone - 906‑635‑7010

Application - Higher Education Technology Enhancement

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