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Eligibility

The Wabanaki Center’s Native American Indian Waiver and Educational Program and Room & Board Grant Coordinator administers the Program for all University of Maine campuses.

To be considered, interested applicants must:

  • Be accepted for enrollment at one of the University of Maine campuses; and
  • Provide proof of eligibility as outlined in the following Eligibility Requirements.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain clear original tribal documentation and present it to the University of Maine System Native American Indian Waiver and Educational Program and Room & Board Grant Coordinator.

Members of Maine Tribes:

You are considered a Maine tribal member if your name is included on the current tribal census of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseets or the Aroostook Band of MicMac.

Required documentation:

  • A completed waiver application.
  • An original document certifying membership from the tribal enrollment office; or
  • Original tribal verification faxed directly from the tribal enrollment offices to the University of Maine System Native American Indian Waiver and Educational Program and Room & Board Grant Coordinator at the Wabanaki Center.

Members of Other North American Indian Tribes:

To be considered a tribal member of another tribe, for the purposes of this program, you must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe. If you belong to a Canadian tribe, you must provide an original document showing your band number of a tribe that is provincially recognized by the Canadian government. (A band card does not fulfill this requirement).

Additionally, documentation of Maine State residency for twelve months immediately prior to application must be provided to your campus admissions office.

Descendant of a Tribal Member:

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain clear documentation that proves decendancy from a Wabanaki member. Proof can be provided in the following manner:

  • An original document from a Wabanaki recognized tribal office stating that a parent or a grandparent is an enrolled member of that tribe, or has enrollment on the tribal census.
  • An original letter or certificate from the tribal official who certifies membership.
  • Your documentation will be photocopied and the originals will be returned to you.
  • If your parent or grandparent is from a Canadian tribe, you must provide an original document showing their band number.
  • The applicant must present original birth certificates documenting Wabanaki descendancy.
 

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