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North American Waiver & Educational Program

The North American Waiver & Educational Program and Scholarship Program covers college tuition and fees, application and housing deposit, and fall and spring room board for state, federal, and provincial recognize Wabanaki tribal members enrolled in six or more credit hours.

Eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov, complete and submit the waiver application to the Project Compass Retention Activities Coordinator, and provide proof of residency for all applicants who are not current tribal members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribes at Pleasant Point and Indian Township, and Penobscot Nation.   

Six Steps to Obtaining the North American Waiver & Eduational Program and Room and Board Scholarship  

STEP 1: Apply to the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  Check American Indian or Alaskan Native on your admissions application.  

STEP 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a requirement of the NAWEP for all full-time students.  UMPI's school code is 002033.  You may be eligible for federal and state grants and/or federal work studies and loans.

STEP 3: Apply for the North America Waiver &  Educational Program & Room and Board Scholarship (NAWEP & SP) after you receive your acceptance letter. You can also call (207) 768-9677. 

STEP 4: NAWEP eligibility is dependent upon the completion of steps 1-3 and official documentation:

State of Maine Tribes/Bands: Enrolled member of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Passamaquoddy Tribes (Pleasant Point and Township), or Penobscot Nation.  Provide a tribal verification letter from your tribal clerk documenting your membership. Proof of Maine residence is not required.  Tribal identification cards are not applicable. 

Non-State of Maine Tribes/Bands & First Nations: Enrolled member of a state, federal, or provincial recognized Wabanaki  nation, tribe, or band.  Provide a tribal verification letter from your tribal clerk documenting your membership. Tribal identification cards are not applicable. In addition, proof of Maine residency for 12 consecutive months must be submitted.  Verification of residency can consist of an original apartment, room, house rental receipts, or proof of house ownership, utility bills, cable bills, or driver's license.  Documents will be photocopied and returned. 

Tribal Member Descendant: Obtain descendant documentation that links your tribal ancestry to a North American Wabanaki tribe/band member.  Verification can be obtained in the following manner: (1) Original document from a federally recognized tribal office stating that your parent and/or a grandparent is/was an enrolled member; (2) Original letter/certificate from a recognized tribal official who certifies your membership and/or a degree of blood quantum; and (3) Original document from a provincially recognized band that verifies your parent and/or grandparent is/was a band member, including band number.  Tribal identification cards are not applicable. 

STEP 5: Submit your tribal/band verification letter or descendant documentation by either:

Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , NAWEP Coordinator
University of Maine, Presque Isle
181 Maine Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769   

In Person:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , NAWEP Coordinator
University of Maine, Presque Isle
181 Maine Street, Room 311 South Hall
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Submitted waiver information will be sent to the University of Maine's Wabanaki Center, who will either approve or deny your application. An official letter will be mailed to you.  You can apply at anytime, but tuition and fees are not applied retroactively.

STEP 6: Accepted waiver applicants will need to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NAWEP Coordinator at (207) 786-9677 to read and sign the waiver guidelines.  

STEP 7: (Optional) Complete a Residence Hall Agreement if you intend to live on campus. The Room & Board Scholarship waiver component provides a double occupancy dormitory room and student meal plan.   It is vital that you read the UMPI Housing Agreement Cancelation Policy & Cancelation Request Form.