Frequently Asked Questions


What is GATE Programme?

The GATE Programme provides financial assistance to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, who are pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions (local and regional). The GATE Programme is managed by the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Education (MOE).


Can I apply for GATE funding?

In order to access funding under the GATE Programme a student must be:

  • A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago with a continued period of residency of at least three (3) years prior to application; and

  • Under the age of fifty (50).

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


How much funding can I receive under the GATE Programme?

  • Students enrolled in non-medical programmes at regional campuses of the UWI, which are offered at the UWI, St. Augustine campus, will only be funded the equivalent level of funding that obtains at the St. Augustine campus.

  • Students will not be granted funding in excess of the agreed tuition fee for each programme.

  • Students will only be eligible for one (1) undergraduate and one (1) postgraduate programme.


A cost-sharing model using means testing is used to determine the amount of funding for which students are eligible.

Students enrolled in undergraduate programmes can access funding in accordance with the following measures:

Household Income Level Funding Eligibility
Where the household income is $10,000 per month or less Students will be eligible for 100% of tuition fees
Where the household income is above $10,000 per month but less than $30,000 Students will be eligible for 75% of tuition fees
Where the household income is $30,000 per month or more Students will be eligible for 50% of tuition fees


Funding for postgraduate study is only available to students whose programmes are in alignment with the country's developmental needs. Funding will be provided in accordance with the following measures:

Household Income Level Funding Eligibility
Where the household income is $30,000 per month or more Students will be eligible for 25% of tuition fees
Where household income is less than $30,000 per month Students will be eligible for 50% of tuition fees


Will there be any obligatory service upon completion of my programme?

All students are required to inform the Ministry forthwith on the successful completion of their programme and to accept employment within the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in either the public or private sector, for a prescribed period as detailed in the Student Agreement.

All monies expended on a student who does not serve in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for specified prescribed period, shall be a debt and recoverable by the Government.


Can a part-time student apply for GATE Programme?

Yes. Part-time students can apply for funding under the GATE Programme.


Is there an application fee for applying for funding under the GATE Programme?

There are no fees associated with applying for funding under GATE programme.


What is the duration of GATE funding?

GATE funding shall be accessible to students for the duration of the approved programme. Students will not be granted funding in excess of the agreed tuition fee for each programme.


How can I apply for funding under the GATE Programme?

GATE eService Student ID

Students must register and obtain a GATE eService ID at a GATE eService Registration Centre. Locations of GATE eService Registration Centres across Trinidad and Tobago are outlined click here.

Students must present original copies of the following documents for verification of identity:

  • Birth Certificate

  • National Identification Card OR Passport

  • Deed Poll or Affidavit, (if necessary)


Apply for GATE Funding online via GATE eService

Students must apply for GATE funding on the online GATE Application form via the GATE eService website: www.e-gate.gov.tt

Application deadline: All student applications must be submitted within the academic year for which funding is requested. In the event that a student fails to submit an application at the commencement of his/her programme, he/she shall not be entitled to retroactive financial assistance for that period.

All students are required to sign in agreement with the Student Terms and Conditions for Tertiary Tuition Funded under the GATE Programme (Student Agreement) in order to access funding.


Do I need to provide any documentation for online GATE application?

Please prepare the following documents in soft-copy for submission of applications:

Identity Documents:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Passport / National ID Card (front and back)

  • Deed Poll (for name change)

  • Marriage/Divorce Certificate (for married / divorced women)


Academic Documents:

  • Latest Result Slip / Transcript (for continuing student)

  • Acceptance Letter from Institution (for student pursuing new programme)


Means Test Documents:
Documents supporting income such as:

  • Salary

  • Self employed

  • Government Pension

  • Disability Grants

  • NIS

  • Child Support

  • Alimony

  • Rental Income

  • Allowance

  • Public Assistance

  • Scholarships/Bursaries

  • Other

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What is GATE Clearance?

Your application must be approved by the Monitoring Performance Unit within the FGAD. Applications are reviewed in accordance with relevant policies and must be approved in order for students to access funding.

Funding will be denied for the following reasons:

  • Poor academic performance by student

  • Student has withdrawn from programme/s without approval

  • Student has received funding for the total tuition fee for the programme

  • Student has attained the age of fifty (50)

  • Student has received funding for programme at the same level as requested programme

  • Application is not in accordance with relevant policies

While applications are being processed, students will be notified of their application's status via email. Regular checks to emails (inbox and junk mail) are encouraged for timely receipt of any updates with respect to application status.


What is Means Testing?

Means testing is a method used to assess the ability of the family, or of independent individuals, to contribute financially to the cost of their education.

To whom does Means testing apply?

All students commencing a new Programme from August 2017 and beyond are subject to means testing. Students who are continuing in a Programme for which they enrolled prior to August 2017, are not required to complete a Means Test.

What does 'Skipping Means Test' mean?

Means testing is not compulsory. Students who choose to skip means testing will not be required to complete a means test application. It is important to note, that such students will automatically be granted 50% of tuition fees for undergraduate study and 25% for postgraduate study.

Incomplete applications

Incomplete means test applications will not be processed and students will be granted 50% of tuition fees for undergraduate study and 25% for postgraduate study.

Final submission of applications

Upon final submission of an application students will not be able to return to the application to make amendments. Students must ensure that all information submitted in their application is correct and complete. Progress made within each section of the application can be saved for up to 14 days while information is gathered to complete application. Upon completing an application, students must carefully review before final submission.

Sanctions

All students must ensure that accurate information is submitted in means test applications in order to avoid sanctions such as withdrawal of funding, reimbursement of funding and debarment from future access to the GATE Programme. Students must read the agree to the declaration statement before submitting applications