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The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)
is available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago
under 50 years of age who have been accepted
and are enrolled in a tertiary level program in
any of the public tertiary institutions or private
tertiary institutions with approval for provi-
sional registration status (APRS) in Trinidad
and Tobago or approved tertiary institutions
within CARICOM. The applicant must complete
a HELP Application Form.
Applicants who do not meet the age criterion
may on review be given special consideration.
The loan is available to part-time or full-time,
employed or unemployed students.
Criteria for HELP Loans
• Applicants should be citizens of Trinidad and
Tobago under 50 years of age. Applicants
who do not meet the
age criterion may be
given special consider-
• Applicants must be ac-
cepted and enrolled in
a tertiary level pro-
gramme in any of the public sector tertiary in-
stitutions or approved private tertiary
institutions in Trinidad and Tobago or accred-
ited tertiary institutions within CARICOM.
• Applicants must submit a certificate of good
health issued by a competent authority.
• Applicants must provide three (3) referees
acceptable to the financial agent and the
Funding and Grants Administration Division.
These referees must be resident nationals of
Trinidad and Tobago, employed, of good char-
acter, and under 55 years old.
• Students can apply to borrow up to twenty-
five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) per year
for three years if they are pursuing a pro-
gramme in Trinidad and Tobago.
• Students who are pursuing qualifications in
any of the regional campuses of the Univer-
sity of the West Indies or St. George's,
Grenada can access up to $75,000.
• HELP funds will be disbursed for recognized
programmes of study that lead to the award
of any of the following:
• Associate Degree
• Bachelor's Degree
• Postgraduate Diploma
• Professional Qualifications (e.g. ACCA, CIMA,
• Master's Degree
What is GATE clearance?
The objective of the GATE Clearance Pol-
icy for students receiving tuition in GATE
approved Private Tertiary Level Institu-
tions (TLIs) is the reduction of detected
abuses to the GATE programme, namely:
• Students dropping out of programmes
without valid reasons
• Students repeatedly starting and drop-
ping out of different programmes
• Students switching programmes with-
out prior approval or notification
• Students repeating the same pro-
grammes at the TLIs
Procedure For Receiving GATE Clear-
• Students wishing to access GATE fund-
ing in approved Private Institutions must
complete a Request for GATE Clearance
Form and receive the necessary approval
via a GATE Clearance Letter prior to the
completion of a GATE Application Form.
• Request for Clearance Forms should to
be submitted to the respective Private
Tertiary Level Institution.
Accessing GATE Clearance Forms and
Request for Clearance Forms are available
at all approved Private Tertiary Level Insti-
tutions. Letters informing students of
their GATE Clearance status will be re-
turned to the Institutions. Only students
who have received GATE Clearance will be
eligible to apply for GATE Funding.
• New Students
Letter of Acceptance or Request for GATE
Clearance Form stamped and signed by
the local institution.
• Continuing Students
Students continuing in the same pro-
gramme must provide Grade Slips or Tran-
scripts showing results from all their
previous exam sittings.
Students who previously accessed GATE
and are now moving on to a new pro-
gramme must attach proof that they
completed the previous GATE funded pro-
Exemptions would be considered on an in-
dividual basis by the Ministry of Tertiary
Education and Skills Training. Students
seeking Exemptions should write to:
Funding and Grants Administration
16 Warner Street
Withdrawal from a GATE Funded Pro-
Any student withdrawing from a Pro-
gramme for which they applied/received
GATE funding must inform the institution
as well as the Funding and Grants Admin-
istration Division in writing. Failure to do
so can jeopardise eligibility to receive
GATE funding for any future programme.
Through the GATE (Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses) programme, tertiary education is affordable
to all so that no citizen of Trinidad and Tobago will be denied tertiary education because of their inability to pay.
Get your answers on GATE below.
Where can I get a GATE applica-
After acceptance at an approved
tertiary level institution (TLI) to
pursue an approved programme,
citizens of Trinidad and Tobago
will receive a GATE Application
Form during the registration pe-
How much funding can I receive
• Students pursuing approved un-
dergraduate programmes will
complete the GATE Application
Form to access funding for 100%
of their tuition fees.
• Students pursuing post-graduate
programmes at local and regional
public TLIs will complete the
GATE Application Form to ac-
cess funding for 50% of their tu-
• Students pursuing approved
post-graduate programmes at
approved private TLIs will com-
plete the GATE Application Form
to access funding for 50% of
their tuition fees to a maximum
of $10,000 or $5,000 for ap-
proved distance learning pro-
Do I have to provide any docu-
mentation when I hand in my ap-
All students are required to pro-
vide documentation to their TLIs
as per the GATE Application Form.
Post-graduate students are re-
quired to make arrangements to
pay their portion of tuition fees on
submission of their GATE Applica-
tion Form and provide evidence of
payment via a copy of the receipt.
Who is in charge of the GATE
GATE is managed by the Funding
and Grants Administration Divi-
sion of the Ministry of Tertiary Ed-
ucation and Skills Training.
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