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What is GATE Programme?

The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme provides financial assistance to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, who are pursuing GATE-approved tertiary level programmes at local and regional public and private Tertiary Level Institutions (TLIs). GATE Programme is managed by the Funding and Grants Administration Division (FGAD) of the Ministry of Education – Tertiary Education Division. 

Can I apply for GATE funding?

You can apply for GATE funding if:
  • You are a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago with a continued period of residency of at least three (3) years prior to application (Documentary proof of citizenship and residency must be provided).
  • You have been accepted to a GATE-approved local or regional public TLI or a local private TLI.
  • You are enrolled in a GATE-approved programme of study that leads to the award of a recognised tertiary level qualification.

Can I get GATE at my institution?

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

Will there be any bond for GATE funding?

All students who accept GATE funding will be bound to a period of national service that will be linked to the value of the GATE funds received. 

Can a part-time student apply for the GATE Programme? 

Yes. Part-time students can apply for the GATE Programme. Part-time students who are employed and accessing GATE for a new programme of study may apply their current tenure of employment to their period of national service. 

Are there any associated fees? 

There are no fees associated with applying to the GATE programme. 

What is the 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 stated duration, except where such duration is extended by reason of a leave of absence. 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. 

How can I apply for GATE funding? 

You can find out more about the process of applying for GATE funding here.

What is GATE Clearance? 

Your application must receive GATE Clearance in order to access GATE funding. The objective of the GATE Clearance Policy is to reduce abuses to the GATE programme, namely:
  • Students dropping out of programmes without valid reasons (formal notification to the institution)*
  • 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 via their GATE eService profile. Students will be notified of their approval status. Please see the table below for explanations on approval status notifications:

Status Meaning  Application Location
Applied  Application has been submitted application to GATE by the student and is in the Application queue for processing At GATE / <<in queue processing pending >>
Correction Required GATE has asked the student for a correction to the application to which they have not responded  With Student / << correction pending >>
Corrected GATE has asked the student for a correction to the application to which they have responded At GATE / <<in queue processing pending >>
Cancelled  Applications get cancelled when:
  • (SYSTEM) Student takes over 28 days to action a correction required requests
  • (SYSTEM) Institution takes long when processing approvals
  • (INSTITUTION) Institutions cancels an application
End point – no further activity can take place on this application
Clearance Verified  Application has gone through first level of Clearance Processing  At GATE / Clearance Officer
Clearance Approved Application has gone through the second level of Clearance Processing and was Approved  At Institution / TLI Admin
Clearance Rejected Application has gone through the second level of Clearance Processing and was Rejected End point – no further activity can take place on this application
Verified Application is ready for signing At Institution / TLI Admin
Signed Application has been signed
At Institution / TLI Admin
GATE Processing Application has been sent to GATE for financial processing
At GATE / << compliance and financial processing pending >>
Financially Processed
Application has been financially processed
End point – no further activity can take place on this application

Required Attachments:

New Students  

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

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.

Exemption for GATE Clearance

Exemptions would be considered on an individual basis by the Funding and Grants Administration Division. Students seeking Exemptions should write to:

Programme Administrator
GATE Programme
Funding and Grants Administration Division (FGAD)
16 Warner Street
St Augustine

Withdrawal from a GATE Funded Programme 

Students 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.