GATE puts foot down on slack students
Students who have studied or are studying for their degrees under the Government Assistance Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme but never actually applied for the funds have until August 1 to do so.
In clarifying misinformation that was contained in a memo circulated to students at College Of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), the Ministry of Education said students who have not applied for GATE between 2014 and 2016 would no longer be able to do so past August 1.
In the memo, students were told that no Government Assistance Tuition Expenses (GATE) funds would be paid to the institution to cover costs from 2013 to 2017.
"As you are all aware, at every registration period, the College urges students 'to get up to date with GATE'. Messages to this effect are sent out quite often but to-date, we note that many students have not as yet attempted to apply for past academic sessions. Based on correspondence from the GATE office, please note again that if you have not applied for retroactive periods 2014-2016, you will not be allowed to do so after August 1, 2017," the Ministry said in response.
The Ministry said GATE has also committed to reviewing 2013-2014 missed applications and if there are legitimate reasons for the non-application for funding, some consideration will be given to determine if funding is still possible.
"As the GATE office has indeed been working with us, you are hereby urged to take advantage of the support offered by the Office of the Registrar COSTAATT to have all outstanding GATE applications brought up to date before August 1, 2017."
Loop understands that a similar circular was sent out to all educational institutions.