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Students currently enrolled in programmes will benefit from GATE funding.

Students currently enrolled in programmes will benefit from GATE funding.

logo of gateEffective August 2016 students who are at present enrolled in various programmes will continue to receive funding from the state for the entire programme.

Students who are registered to begin programmes in 2016 will be fully funded by the state for the academic year 2016\2017.

Effective for the academic year 2017 to 2018 and beyond a means test will be used.

These are some of the recommendations agreed upon by the cabinet relating to the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme or GATE.

They were revealed by Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, at a media briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair this afternoon.


Minister Garcia also indicated that effective August 2017 funding for post graduate degrees will be available to students whose programmes are in alignment with country’s development needs.


Mr. Garcia added that effective August 2016 persons over the age of fifty years will no longer be eligible for GATE funding.

However, continuing students over the age of fifty enrolled in under-graduate programmes will be granted funding to complete their programme.



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    James 2 years

    How are 50 plus Registered institutions going to become Accredited in one year when the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago does not have sufficient resources to Accredit 10 in a year?

    Why did the GATE committee not consider asking the Management of Registered and Accredited Institutions to reduce their current tuition cost by possibly $5,000.00 per student. This alone would have saved the Government the 100 million they hope to save without implementing these ridiculous measures.

    What will the Government think of next when all Institutions become Accredited in the future?

    Which of the current Accredited Institutions earn the largest income from the 500 million GATE budget? Then ask how much money is the Government really saving!!!!