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The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (GATE)

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (GATE) is administered by the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Education – Tertiary Education Division. Further to Government’s philosophy for developing human capital and entrepreneurship and for permitting access to education for ALL, the Government intends to ensure that: 

  • There are no limitations to accessing quality education.
  • All recognized programmes offered by tertiary education will be considered, providing they fulfil the Government’s quality assurance requirements.
  • All students, including post-graduate students, will be bound by a period of service.

The period of service will be linked to the value of the grant (Part-time students accessing GATE funding may apply their current employment experience incrementally as part of their period of national service.


The objectives of the GATE programmme are:

  • To make tertiary education affordable to all so that no citizen of Trinidad and Tobago will be denied tertiary education because of their inability to pay.
  • To widen access to tertiary education that will support economic development and promote social equity. 
  • To build and strengthen a national quality tertiary education sector through both public and private tertiary level institutions.


The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has embarked upon policies and strategies that will position education at the helm of societal development and assist in developing our human resource capital. The Government has therefore committed to specific strategies related to tertiary education. Its three main policies focus upon:

  • Improving access and increasing participation
  • Ensuring relevance
  • Ensuring quality

GATE Contact Information

Ministry of Education – Tertiary Education Division
Funding and Grants Administration
#16 Warner Street
St. Augustine
Trinidad W.I.
Tel: (868) 800-GATE (4283) or (868) 663 – 0244