GATE FAQs

GATE FAQs


What is the 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). The GATE Programme is administered 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 that leads to the award of a recognised tertiary level qualification.


Can I get GATE funding 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 funding under GATE Programme?


Yes. Part-time students can apply for funding under the GATE Programme. Part-time students who are employed and accessing GATE funding 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 for funding under 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 and have received funding that exceeds the tuition fees approved for that programme, the student shall not be granted access to GATE funding for any period in excess of its stated duration. 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 for you to access GATE funding. Applications can be denied GATE Clearance primarily for the following reasons:
  • Poor academic performance by student
  • Student has withdrawn from programme/s without approval
  • Student has received funding in excess of approved tuition fees
  • Application for funding is not aligned with Government’s policy for GATE funding

Procedure For Receiving GATE Clearance:

Students wishing to access GATE funding must complete an online Application for GATE Clearance under their GATE eService profile. Students will be notified of their Application’s status while it is being processed. Please see the table below for explanations on the various Application Statuses:

Application Status

Description

Where is the Application? /

Who can make changes?

GATE

Institution

Student

Applied

Application has been submitted for Clearance review.

At GATE

NOT CLEARANCE APPROVED

NA

NA

 

Applied (AC)

Application has been approved and sent to the Institution for fee processing.

NA

At Institution

Pending fees

NA

 

Correction Required

Request has been sent to Student to make corrections.

If corrections are not submitted by the Student, the Applications will be automatically cancelled in 14 days from the date the request was made.

NA

NA

With Student

Pending Updates

 

Cancelled

Application has been cancelled by the system for one of the following reasons:

i. Due to no Student response for Correction Required request; OR

ii. No Student signature when required

Application End Point

NO FURTHER PROCESSING

 

Corrected

Application has been corrected by Students and resubmitted to GATE for Clearance review.

At GATE

NOT CLEARANCE APPROVED

NA

NA

 

Clearance Verified

Application is being processed for Clearance.

At GATE

NOT CLEARANCE APPROVED

NA

NA

 

Clearance Approved

Application has been approved and sent to the Institution for tuition fee processing.

A new application can now be done if needed.

NA

At Institution

Pending fees

NA

 

Clearance Rejected

Application has been rejected.

Application End Point

NO FURTHER PROCESSING

 

Verified

The tuition fee has been included in the Application. Student signature required.

 

Applications will be cancelled in 50 days (from the date of processing fees) if Institutions/Students do not action signing!

NA

At Institution

Pending student signature

NA

 

Signed

Application has been signed by Student and is pending submission to GATE for Financial Processing

NA

At Institution

Pending submission

NA

 

GATE Processing

Application is being financially processed.

At GATE

CLEARANCE APPROVED, UNPAID

NA

NA

 

Finance Approved

Application has been funded (full or partial).

Application End Point

NO FURTHER PROCESSING

 

Finance Rejected

Application has been rejected (no payment made).

Application End Point

NO FURTHER PROCESSING



Required Attachments:

No. Documentary Requirements Students New to GATE Programme Students New to programme of study Continuing students
1 Birth Paper
2 National ID or Passport (which ever was used for GATE Registration)*
3 Acceptance Letter for programme of study from approved institution -
4 Proof of completion for previously funded programme - -
5 Grade slip and transcript for previously funded programme for all exam sittings - -

* Copies are required for both the front and back of National ID cards. Students can take pictures of these and insert them on a single Word document so that both pictures are in one file for upload.


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.

GATE Contact Information

Ministry of Education – Tertiary Education Division
Funding and Grants Administration
#16 Warner Street
St. Augustine
Trinidad W.I.
Tel: (868) 800-GATE (4283) or (868) 633 - 0244
Email: gate.info@gov.tt