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GATE

Access to GATE
All citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing tertiary education can access GATE (Documentary proof of citizenship must be submitted).

GATE is applicable for programmes of study that lead to a recognized tertiary level qualification.

GATE is available to all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes, including Distance Learning programmes, at local and regional public Tertiary Level Institutions (TLIs) as well as approved local private TLIs.

GATE is applicable for tuition fees only. Students who have been accepted to pursue undergraduate programmes of study at:
          • approved local and regional public TLIs
          • approved local private TLIs would be eligible to access free tuition.

Students who have been accepted to pursue approved postgraduate programmes of study at:

•local and regional public TLIs would be eligible to access grants to cover a of fifty percent (50%) of their tuition fees
•approved private TLIs would be eligible to access grants to cover up to fifty percent (50%) of their tuition fees to a maximum of $10,000.00; and to a maximum of $5,000.00 for approved Distance Learning programmes.

Students accessing GATE will be required to sign a Student Agreement as part of the application.

 

Applying for GATE
Undergraduate Level Application
Upon acceptance at an approved TLI to pursue an approved programme, citizens of Trinidad and Tobago can access GATE application forms from the institution.

Students pursuing approved undergraduate programmes will complete the GATE application form to access funding for 100% of their tuition fees.

All students are required to provide documentation to their TLIs as per GATE application form.

At the time of registration, students must lodge their completed GATE application forms with the TLI for further processing.

GATE is managed by the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education.

 

Postgraduate Level Application
Students pursuing postgraduate programmes at local and regional public TLIs will complete the GATE Application Form to access funding for 50% of their tuition fees.

Students pursuing approved postgraduate programmes at approved local private TLIs will complete the GATE application form to access funding for 50% of their tuition fees to a maximum of $10,000.00; or $5,000.00 for approved Distance Learning programmes.

All students are required to provide documentation to their TLIs as per GATE Application Form.

Postgraduate students are required to make arrangements to pay their portion of tuition fees on submission of their GATE application form and provide evidence of payment via a copy of the receipt.

At the time of registration, students must lodge their completed GATE application forms with the TLI for further processing.

GATE is managed by the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education.

General Information
Duration of GATE Funding
GATE funding shall be accessible to students for the duration of the approved programme.  Should the student fail to complete the approved
programme within its stated duration, the student shall not be granted
access to GATE funding for any period in excess of its standard duration except where such duration is extended by reason of a leave of absence.
Officials of the Funding and Grants Administration Division (FGAD) shall review an extension of the duration period of an approved programme by reason of extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Retroactive Applications
In the event that a student declines GATE funding at the commencement of
his/her programme or course of study, he/she shall not be entitled to
retroactive assistance for the current academic year, semester or course but shall be eligible for funding upon subsequent application.

Multiple Programmes
GATE funding shall not be available to a student for more than one approved programme simultaneously. Students must seek the approval of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education for any additional programmes.

 

Sponsorship other than GATE 
A student in receipt of sponsorship for tuition fees—e.g. scholarships, grants, bursaries—other than GATE for the academic year or course of study, shall not be eligible to access additional funding under the GATE programme. 
Exceptions to this will be as follows: 
          •Where the student sponsorship is less than 100% for programmes receiving                  full tuition, he/she may be eligible to receive the difference    through GATE for
                   an approved programme.           
          •Where the student is in pursuit of a course of study e.g. postgraduate studies             and is not in receipt of funding up to the approved financial support limit,
          he/she is eligible for funding to make up the difference.

Course Exemptions         
If a student has obtained exemptions from certain courses resulting in a reduction of his fees, GATE funding shall be available based on the reduced amount.

Post-study obligation
A student shall be required to fulfil national service through employment within Trinidad and Tobago upon the completion of his/her programme of study based on the value of the grant received.

 

Summer Courses
Summer Courses that do not form part of the normal semester system are not eligible for GATE.

Specially admitted students
These students will not be entitled to access the GATE programme, since completion of the selected course(s) will not lead to the award of a tertiary level qualification.

Qualifying Students of the University of the West Indies. These students will be treated as students enrolled in postgraduate programmes and therefore would qualify for only 50% of tuition fees.

Non-sponsored students
Students at regional public TLIs who are not sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago government but who have gained entry at the approved public TLI will
also be eligible for GATE.

Means Testing

MeansTesting is no longer available from January 1st 2006 for all programmes.

 

Grounds for Termination of GATE
Breach of Student Agreement

Any breach of the Student Agreement or withdrawal from the programme by
failure on his/her part to attain the required performance standard as
established with respect to the specified programme, will deny the student
further eligibility for funding by the Government unless approved by the Ministry.

In the event that the Student:

          •abandons his/her course; or

          •fails to obtain the qualification where such failure is due to the student
          not applying himself/herself diligently to his/her studies; or

          •fails to accept employment in the public or the private sector in the
          Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after the conclusion or termination of
          the said programme for the specified period of time.

All monies expended on his or her programme will be converted to a loan from the Government and shall be repaid with interest.  The Student binds himself/herself and agrees that he/she shall be liable immediately to refund to the Government the total amount of the loan made to him/her.

 

Breach of Student Agreement...

Student Performance: All students are required to meet performance standards to be eligible for GATE funding, such standards to be determined with reference to individual programmes. In the case where a Student is required to withdraw due to student performance and should the student wish to resume tertiary education in the same, similar or different programme, he/she shall not have access to further GATE funding unless approved by MSTTE. All TLIs are required to advise MSTTE of underperforming students on an annual basis at least one (1) month prior to commencement of the academic year or programme. In the case where a student has to repeat a level of study (annual or modular) within a programme on the basis of student performance, GATE shall not be available for the repeat of the level.

Suspension: Financial assistance to a student on suspension shall cease upon such suspension. A student who has been readmitted may access GATE funding after the successful completion of one year of the programme.

Notification of Suspension or Leave of Absence: The institution shall immediately and no later than two (2) weeks of its occurrence notify the FGAD of all students who have been granted a leave of absence, placed on suspension or have withdrawn from the programme.

 

GATE’s Glossary

Tertiary Education
This is the teaching and learning process that occurs following successful completion of secondary schooling or its equivalent, and which provides academic credits or competencies that lead to the award of qualifications such as certificates, diplomas and degrees.  In Trinidad and Tobago, successful completion of secondary school includes the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), its national equivalent or technical/vocational equivalent.

Undergraduate programmes
These are tertiary education programmes which lead to the conferment of qualifications with the titles of Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelors degree.  All applications for GATE funding for approved programmes shall be made on an annual semester or programme commencement basis.

Postgraduate programmes
These refer to tertiary education programmes which lead to the conferment of qualifications with the titles of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters Degrees, Doctoral Degrees or Postgraduate professional qualifications.
All applications for GATE funding for approved programmes shall be made on an annual, semester or programme commencement basis.

Tertiary Level Institutions (TLIs)
Institutions offering tertiary level qualifications, such as: Diplomas, Degrees, Masters and Doctoral certifications. 

Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)
The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all Trinidad and Tobago citizens who are pursuing undergraduate degrees at approved public and private tertiary level institutions.

GATE Funding

This grant is awarded to students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Individuals who wish to pursue a postgraduate programme in public institutions can apply to have 50% off their tuition and individuals pursuing postgraduate programmes in private institutions can apply to have 50% or up to $10,000 of their tuition subsidized by the government.

*Individuals who wish to pursue a postgraduate programme in Public Institutions can apply to have 50% off their tuition and individuals pursuing postgraduate programmes in Private Institutions can apply to have 50% of their tuition up to a maximum of $10,000.00 of their tuition subsidized by the government.

 

More Information regarding Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses, (GATE) can be obtained by following the link below.