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Where can I get a GATE application form?


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 period.

How much funding can I receive with GATE?


Students pursuing approved undergraduate 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 access funding for 50% of their tuition fees.
Students pursuing approved post-graduate programmes 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 programmes.

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 receipt.

Who is in charge of the GATE programme?

GATE is managed by the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training.

What is GATE clearance?
The objective of the GATE Clearance Policy for students 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 valid reasons
  • Students repeatedly starting and dropping out of different programmes
  • Students switching programmes without prior approval or notification
  • Students repeating the same programmes at the TLIs

Procedure For Receiving GATE Clearance:

Students wishing to access GATE funding 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 Letters:

Request for Clearance Forms are available at all approved 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.

Required Attachments:

New Students  

  1. Letter of Acceptance or Request for GATE Clearance Form stamped and signed by the local institution.

Continuing Students

  1. Students continuing in the same programme must provide Grade Slips or Transcripts showing results from all their previous exam sittings.
  2. Students who previously accessed GATE and are now moving on to a new programme must attach proof that they completed the previous GATE funded programme.

Exemptions would be considered on an individual basis by the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training. Students seeking Exemptions should write to:

Programme Administrator
GATE Programme
Funding and Grants Administration Division (FGAD)
16 Warner Street
St Augustine
Phone: 645-7356

Withdrawal from a GATE Funded Programme:

Any student withdrawing from a Programme for which they applied/received GATE funding must inform 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.

Can I get GATE at my institution?

To view a list of GATE approved institutions, click here.

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