GATE - Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses

Students can obtain financial assistance for tertiary-level education through the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (GATE).  GATE funds cover 100% of tuition expenses for undergraduate students and up to 50% of tuition expenses, to a maximum of TT$10,000, for postgraduate students.


All students who accept GATE funds, including postgraduate students, will be bound by a period of national service that will be linked to the value of the funds received.  National service is defined as employment within the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in either the public or private sector.  The period of national service is determined as follows:

  • One year for recipients of up to TT$50,000.
  • Two years for recipients of TT$50,000 to TT$100,000.
  • Three years for recipients of TT$100,000 to TT$150,000.
  • Four years for recipients of TT$150,000 to TT$200,000.
  • Five years for recipients of over TT$200,000.


Part-time students accessing GATE may apply their current employment experience as part of their period of national service.  Recipients must repay the total amount of the GATE funds received to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago if they do not complete the required period of national service. 


This programme is made available through the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST).

Can I apply?

You can apply to the GATE Programme if you:

  • Are a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Have been accepted to a local or regional public tertiary level institution (TLI) or an approved private TLI.
  • Are enrolled in a programme of study that leads to a recognised tertiary level qualification.

Please follow the links below for lists of GATE-approved public and private TLIs and programmes of study.

GATE-Approved Public TLIs and Programmes of Study

GATE-Approved Private TLIs and Programmes of Study

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How do I apply?

GATE applications are now processed through the GATE eService. The process serves to automate the student application, tertiary level institution  verification and clearance approval of the application.

Follow this link to learn more about the application process: GATE eService

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Are there any associated fees?

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

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training online using the link below.  You may also contact any of the Ministry offices listed below, which are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.


The Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
The International Waterfront Complex
Levels 16-18,
Tower C
#1A Wrightson Road
Port-of-Spain Trinidad,
West Indies
Tel. (868) 623-9922
Fax. (868) 622-0775

Funding and Grants Administration Division
#16 Warner Street
St. Augustine
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 800-GATE

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