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Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

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Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR)


What is the michigan indian tuition waiver (mitw)?

The State of Michigan enacted Public Law 174 of 1976 that waives the tuition costs for eligible Native Americans attending public community colleges or universities within Michigan. It waives tuition for full-time or part-time courses taken during any semester including summer. Tuition can be waived for undergraduate and graduate courses, as students may continue to use the MITW through post-graduate work. Tuition can be waived for dually-enrolled students as long as both institutions are public colleges/universities in Michigan. 


does this mean i can attend college for free?

No. It means the college/university will waive only the tuition cost. Students are still responsible for all fees and other expenses, including room and board, books, supplies, transportation, etc.


who is eligible for this program?

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a U.S. federally-recognized tribe, be a resident of Michigan for at least twelve consecutive months, be accepted for enrollment at a public community college or university in Michigan, and be certified as one-quarter (1/4) Native American blood quantum. 


For more information, please see the following link.



Still have questions?

Download Frequently Asked Questions document 

Download the Policies and Procedures memo  which explains why the Department of Civil Rights currently administers this process and how we determined who is eligible for the waiver.

Download a Letter on student eligibility verification sent to universities to confirm that the Department of Civil Rights does not require recertification and educational institutions should not determine eligibility.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver Application


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