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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
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Should you have any questions, please contact Sault Tribe Education Director Angeline Matson at (906) 635-4944 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Melissa Claramunt directly. Miigwetch

See attached application.

iconMichigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application

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