Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

Contact: Melissa Kiesewetter 231-439-5247
Agency: Civil Rights

As of July 1, 2010, Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver applications are processed by the Department of Civil Rights. To apply for the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver, you must:

  1. Complete the STUDENT SECTION of the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver (MITW) Application. 
  2. Submit the MITW application (and attached documentation) to your Tribal Enrollment Department for certification.
  3. Ensure that your entire application, including the tribally-certified section, and accompanying documents are submitted to MDCR for verification. Typically, your Tribe will submit the documents to MDCR after they complete their section of the application; however, they may return the documents to you. It is your responsibility to ensure the completed application and required documents are submitted.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the MITW, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Qualify for admission at one of Michigan's public colleges or universities AND

  • Be ¼ or more Native American blood quantum as certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department AND

  • Are an enrolled citizen of a U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe as certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department AND

  • Be a legal resident of the state of Michigan for not less than 12 consecutive months.

DOCUMENTATION 
You must provide the following with your MITW application. 

  • A photocopy of your Michigan Driver's License or state-issued Michigan Identification Card;

  • A photocopy of your Tribal ID.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY - Your MITW residency status does not determine your residency status at your institution. Your institution may require additional documentation as proof of residency or to determine your length of residency in Michigan.

TRIBAL CERTIFICATION 
You must submit this application to your Tribal Enrollment Department for certification and signature.

The Tribal Enrollment Department is certifying that the you, the student, are ¼ or more Native American blood quantum and an enrolled citizen of a U.S. Federally Recognized Tribe. The Tribal Enrollment Department may submit this form and accompanying documents on your behalf to MDCR for verification.

STUDENT STATUS

The statute does not limit tuition waiver eligibility based upon full/part-time status, degree track, academic performance, or similar criteria - and such information will not affect MDCR verification.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS REQUESTING A MITW TRANSFER 

  • If you have never submitted an application to MDCR, you must complete the entire application, filling out the 'new student' box, obtain tribal certification, and submit all documents to MDCR according to the instructions.

  • If you have previously applied and been verified by MDCR, complete only the Student Section of the application and fill out the 'continuing student' box. The transfer/dual enrollment section must be completed, but Tribal Certification does not need to be obtained.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS? 

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Download the Policies and Procedures memo which explains why MDCR administers this process and how we determined who is eligible for the waiver. 

See the Letter on student eligibility verification sent to universities to confirm that MDCR does not require recertification and educational institutions should not determine eligibility. 

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver information updated: Statement on the Sixth Circuit Court opinion finding Proposal 2 unconstitutional



Related Documents
6th Circuit Court MITW memo PDF icon
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - MITW - 4/1/2016 PDF icon
List of Michigan public colleges and universities PDF icon
MITW Policy and Procedure PDF icon
MITW Student Eligibility Verification Letter PDF icon
Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application (4-28-16) PDF icon