This program covers tuition and mandatory fees (required fees charged of all students enrolled at the institution and automatically assessed at the time of registration exclusive of travel and accommodation fees related to travel courses; mandatory fees include course and program fees as determined by the campus).  Tuition and mandatory fees will be waived for qualified students, both matriculated and non-matriculated, who are enrolled in academic, credit-bearing courses at the undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education level at the campuses of the University of Maine System.

Program Eligibility

  •  A student must be a member and be included on the current tribal census of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet, the Aroostook Band of Micmac, or have at least one parent or grandparent who is included on the current tribal census of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet, the Aroostook Band of Micmac.  OR:
  •  A student must be a member and be included on the current tribal census of a Canadian Wabanaki Tribe or have at least one parent or grandparent who is included on the current tribal census, and have lived in Maine for at least twelve months, for purposes other than education, immediately prior to application. OR:
  •  A student must be a member and be included on a current tribal census of a federally, state or provincially recognized Native American Tribe and who have lived in Maine for at least twelve months, for purposes other than education, immediately prior to application. 
  • Proof of residency is required for all applicants with the exception of current tribal members and their direct biological descendants (e.g., parent or grandparent was a tribal member) of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Houlton Band of Maliseet, or the Aroostook Band of Micmac. The residency guidelines are the same as those employed for any student and can be located within the UMS Administrative Practice Letter found at:  http://www.maine.edu/pdf/IV-G_002.pdf.
  •  Matriculating students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supply all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office at the campus they are attending.  For the academic year and/or the fall semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by September 1st.  For the spring semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by January 1st.
  •  All students must remain eligible to register for classes and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by federal guidelines.  Degree seeking students will be evaluated based on the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy of the campus where they are matriculating.  Students who are not matriculating at any campus of the University of Maine System will be evaluated using the University of Maine Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. The policy can be found at: http://umaine.edu/stuaid/sap/.

Room and Board Grant

The Native American Room and Board Grant Program is a need based award for qualified Native American students living in a residence hall of the campus where they are matriculating.  Students will be subsidized at the double occupancy rate for the student’s residence.  Charges for single, double single, or computer or telephone devices, for which there is a separate charge, will be the responsibility of the student tenant.  Board charges will be subsidized at the rate associated with the standard meal plan, not to exceed the cost of the maximum meal plan.  Room and board charges will be covered only during the traditional academic year (fall and spring terms) and are not covered for breaks between semesters.  Exceptions may be granted in cases where a student’s major requires enrollment in an academic session outside the traditional academic year.

Grant Eligibility

  •  Students must meet all eligibility requirements of the Native American Waiver and Educational Program and be certified as eligible by the Wabanaki Center at the University of Maine.
  •  Students must be matriculating in an undergraduate or graduate degree program within the University of Maine System, enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for undergraduates or nine (9) credit hours for graduate students at USM, or six (6) credits hours for graduate students at UM at the end of add/drop, and living in a residence hall of the campus where they are matriculating.  Full time enrollment for graduate students working on their thesis or dissertation, and/or on a campus other than UM and USM, will be classified as full time in accordance with the policies on their campus of matriculation. Exceptions to the minimum enrolled hour requirement may be granted in cases where educational accommodations are required.   Room and board charges will be covered ONLY during the time period when the student is actively enrolled.
  •  Students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and supply all required documentation to the Financial Aid Office at the campus at which they are matriculated.  For the academic year and/or the fall semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by September 1st.  For the spring semester, the FAFSA must be filed and the aid application completed by January 1st. In order to qualify for the full range of financial aid available to qualified applicants, students are strongly encouraged to file their FAFSA by the priority financial aid filing date specified at their institution.
  •  Students must meet all of the general eligibility requirements of the Federal Title IV Financial Aid programs, including Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  •  Students who maintain a permanent private residence, other than the parent’s home, within commuting distance of the university are NOT eligible for room and board grants.
  •  Persons employed by the University of Maine System on a half-time or greater basis and who are carried on the University employee payroll are NOT eligible for the room and board grant.

Please contact the Merrill Center at 778-7100 for more information or questions about eligibility.