The Michelle Chingwa Education Honorarium Act has been enacted to provide a gift to honor Tribal Citizens that are obtaining post-secondary educational opportunities and repeals and replaces the original and amended Michelle Chingwa Education Assistance Act including WOS 2007-005 and WOS 2014-010.
MCEA Appeal Application
Please send all appeals documentation to the following address:
Education Appeals Board c/o Tribal Chairperson’s Office
7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs, MI, 49740
MCEH Application Process:
Complete Applications must include the following:
Completed Michelle Chingwa Education Honorarium Application (Once per academic year)
Release of Information (Once per academic year)
Copy of Current Schedule (Submitted each term)
Copy of Current Unofficial Transcript (Submitted each term)
Copy of Tribal Identification Card (First time MCEH applicants only)
Eligibility for the MCEH Program is based on three (3) specific criteria:
The student must be a Tribal Citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
The student must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution that is accredited by either the United States Dept. of Education or a foreign government accrediting agency that processes validations for colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. Students enrolled in tribal colleges seeking accreditation are also eligible for MCEH funding. Other institutions may be approved by Tribal Resolution.
The student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (subject to appeal).
Honorariums will be calculated on a semester equivalent per credit hour basis with five classifications**:
CLASS 1: Courses or college programs that are sponsored by LTBB and provided nearly free to student.
( $25/credit hr.)
CLASS 2: Junior or Community colleges
CLASS 3: Four year colleges or four year degree programs
CLASS 4: Graduate level courses
CLASS 5: Free courses (no out-of-pocket cost to student)
**these rates may be adjusted to meet allocated budget
Fall (August – December): October 1st
Winter/Spring (January – May): February 15th
Summer (May – August): June 15th
Trimester or Quarter: 30 days after the beginning of the session
Non-standard Term (Schedule operating outside of system above): 30 days after the beginning of the session
LTBB Tribal Citizens wishing to appeal a decision made in the Michelle Chingwa Education will follow the approved “Appeal Policy” guidelines as approved by the Executive in REG-WOS 2007-05 102912-010