1. In consideration of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (the Government) agreeing to finance
the tuition fees of the Student for the aforementioned programme of study, the Student agrees to:
(i) submit to the discipline, supervision and control of the Institution;
(ii) apply himself/herself diligently to his/her studies throughout his/her entire programme with a view to
obtaining the specified qualification and thus maintaining minimum performance standards;
(iii) authorize the relevant institution of study to release to the Ministry of Science, Technology & Tertiary Education (the Ministry) information relating to his/her progress during the tenure of the funding;
(iv) comply with any professional standards applicable to his/her programme.
2. The Student shall seek and obtain the approval of the Ministry in writing, in the event that the student:
(i) abandons his/her programme;
(ii) applies himself/herself to any studies and/or programme of study except that for which the funding has been approved; or
(iii) proceeds on a leave of absence from his/her programme of study.
3. The Student agrees in the event that he/she withdraws, is suspended or is granted an approved leave of absence
from the programme or institution, that he/she will inform the Ministry in writing within one (1) week, in order to access further funding under the GATE Programme.
4. The Student shall inform the Ministry if he/she intends to terminate or suspend the programme of study at the Institution. All financial assistance by the Government will cease until such time as the Student will obtain the approval by the Ministry to continue the GATE funding from the Ministry.
5. The Student shall inform the Ministry forthwith on the successful completion of his/her programme and to
accept employment within the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in either the public or private sector, for the
undermentioned prescribed period. The Student also agrees to inform the Ministry of the details of his/her
employment and his/her period of service shall be related to the cost of the funding and shall be determined as
COST OF AWARD PERIOD OF OBLIGATORY SERVICE
Up to $ 50,000.00 One (1) year
Over $50,000.00 and up to $100,000.00 Two (2) years
Over $100,000.00 and up to $150,000.00 Three (3) years
Over $150,000.00 and up to $200,000.00 Four (4) years
Over $200,000.00 Five (5) years
6. All monies expended on his/her programme shall be a loan from the Government to the Student and shall be repaid to the Government with interest, provided that if the Student serves the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for the prescribed period as indicated or if the Student is released from the obligation to serve the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the repayment of such loan shall be waived.
7. In the event that the Student :
a. abandons his/her course; or
b. fails to obtain the qualification where such failure is due to the Student not applying himself/ herself diligently to his/her studies; or
c. fails to accept employment in the public or the private sector in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago after the conclusion or termination of the said programme for the specified period of time;
the Student binds himself/herself and agrees that he/she shall be liable immediately to refund to the Government the total amount of the loan made to him/her.
8. Any breach of this Agreement or withdrawal from the programme by failure on his/her part to attain the required performance standard as established in respect of the specified programme, will deny the Student further eligibility for funding by the Government unless approved by the Ministry.
9. If the Student serves the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for only a part of the specified period he/she shall be required to refund the Government only such proportion of the total sum loaned together with interest due thereon as the unexpired period of service bears to the total period in Clause 5 above. Such sums shall be a debt by the Student and shall be recoverable by the Government.
10. The Terms of this Agreement constitutes the complete contract between the Government and the Student and no oral statement or promises will be recognized. This Agreement may not be amended or any of its provisions waived except in writing signed by the Parties to this Agreement. This Agreement is a legally binding instrument when signed by the Student and the signatures to the front indicate that the Student has read understood and agreed to the terms herein