Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program



Michigan State University participates in the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver program. According to the State of Michigan’s Public Law 174 of 1976 (based in ancestral treaty negotiations between Tribes and US governmental officials), tuition for full- or part-time coursework taken at the undergraduate or graduate levels can be waived for eligible American Indian students. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, which verifies eligibility, administers the program. At this time, students must meet all the following requirements to be eligible:


  1. Be enrolled in one of Michigan’s public colleges or universities, and
  2. Be an enrolled member of a US Federally recognized Tribe (certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department,), and
  3. Be ¼ or more blood quantum (certified by your Tribal Enrollment Department), and
  4. Be a legal resident of Michigan for at least 12 consecutive months prior to beginning coursework.


More information can be found here from MSU and here from the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.