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Where can I get a GATE application form?
After acceptance at an approved tertiary level insti-
tution (TLI) to pursue an approved programme, citi-
zens of Trinidad and Tobago will receive a GATE
Application Form during the registration period.
How much funding can I receive with GATE?
• Students pursuing approved undergraduate pro-
grammes will complete the GATE Application
Form to access funding for 100% of their tuition
• Students pursuing post-graduate 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 post-graduate pro-
grammes at approved private TLIs will complete
the GATE Application Form to access funding for
50% of their tuition fees to a maximum of
$10,000 or $5,000 for approved distance learning
Do I have to provide any documentation when I
hand in my application?
All students are required to provide documentation
to their TLIs as per the GATE Application Form.
Post-graduate 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 re-
Who is in charge of the GATE programme?
GATE is managed by the Funding and Grants Ad-
ministration Division of the Ministry of Tertiary Ed-
ucation and Skills Training.
What is GATE clearance?
The objective of the GATE Clearance Policy for stu-
dents receiving tuition in GATE approved Private
Tertiary Level Institutions (TLIs) is the reduction of
detected abuses to the GATE programme, namely:
• Students dropping out of programmes without
• Students repeatedly starting and dropping out of
• Students switching programmes without prior
approval or notification
• Students repeating the same programmes at the
Procedure For Receiving GATE Clearance:
• Students wishing to access GATE funding in ap-
proved Private Institutions must complete a Re-
quest for GATE Clearance Form and receive the
necessary approval via a GATE Clearance Letter
prior to the completion of a GATE Application
• Request for Clearance Forms should to be sub-
mitted to the respective Private Tertiary Level In-
Accessing GATE Clearance Forms and Letters:
Request for Clearance Forms are available at all ap-
proved Private Tertiary Level Institutions. Letters
informing students of their GATE Clearance status
will be returned 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 programme must provide Grade Slips or
Transcripts showing results from all their previ-
ous exam sittings. Students who previously ac-
cessed GATE and are now moving on to a new
programme must attach proof that they com-
pleted the previous GATE funded programme. Ex-
emptions would be considered on an individual
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 Programme:
Any student withdrawing from a Programme for
which they applied/received GATE funding must in-
form the institution as well as the Funding and
Grants Administration 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.
The Higher Education Loan Pro-
gramme (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 provisional reg-
istration status (APRS) in
Trinidad and Tobago or approved
tertiary institutions within CARI-
COM. The applicant must com-
plete 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
Criteria for HELP Loans
• Applicants should be citizens
of Trinidad and Tobago under
50 years of age. Applicants
who do not meet the age cri-
terion may be given special
• Applicants must be accepted
and enrolled in a tertiary level
programme in any of the pub-
lic sector tertiary institutions
or approved private tertiary
institutions in Trinidad and
Tobago or accredited tertiary
institutions within CARICOM.
• Applicants must submit a cer-
tificate of good health issued
by a competent authority.
• Applicants must provide three
(3) referees acceptable to the
financial agent and the Fund-
ing and Grants Administration
Division. These referees must
be resident nationals of T&T,
employed, of good character,
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 pur-
suing a programme in
Trinidad and Tobago.
• Students who are pursuing
qualifications in any of the re-
gional campuses of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies or
St. George's, Grenada can ac-
cess 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, etc)
• Master's Degree
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