Frequently Asked Questions
There is a Full Scholarship
The scholarship shall cover all expenses (including tuition, accommodation, textbooks, airfare and subsistence) up to the maximum amount of $35,000.00 USD. Full scholarships will be awarded for studies at international institutions. Full scholarships may be awarded only to persons applying for scholarships:
- Identified in the priority areas to pursue a progamme of study, which is designated by the educational institution as a full-time workload for the academic year.
- To an Institution on the ‘List of approved Institutions for Full Scholarships’
- Who have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
There is a Partial Scholarship
Partial scholarships cover tuition and text books payments only up to a set maximum per region (Caribbean & Canada - $17,500.00 USD; UK & US - $25,000.00 USD) and shall be made directly to the institution. Partial scholarships will be awarded for studies at local and international institutions. Partial Scholarships may be awarded only to persons applying for scholarships:
- Identified as important to the growth and development of the country.
- To an institution on the ‘List of Approved Institutions for Partial Scholarships’
- Who have maintained a GPA of 2.5-2.9
There is the National Scholars Programme
Under this programme, the Government will grant the following scholarships up to a maximum of $40,000.00 USD to Turks and Caicos Islander students only:
- National Awards:Each year, full scholarships will be given to the three best
performing students at the national level. Selection will be based on students’ performance in external examinations (CXC and IGCSE). The scholarships would be granted for attendance at any accredited institution selected by the student for a programme of study of students’ choice leading to a Bachelor’s degree.
- Turks and Caicos Islands Community College:
Each year, the Valedictorian from the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College will receive a full scholarship for a programme of study of his/her choice leading to a Bachelor’s degree, provided that they meet the minimum eligibility criteria of GPA of 3.0 and above for full scholarship or 2.5 or 2.9 GPA or equivalent for Partial Scholarship or Grant.
Additionally, a maximum of five scholarships will be awarded to students graduating from the TCICC with the highest Grade Point Average in each of the following fields:
- Hospitality and Tourism Studies
- Natural Science
- Teacher Education
- Technical Vocational studies
There is a Grants
Grants may be awarded to individuals who are pursuing a programme of study that is of benefit to the Turks and Caicos Islands. These shall be awarded on the basis of need and available funding. Grants will be awarded for studies at accredited local and international institutions at a maximum of $15,000.00 USD.
A grant is a one-time award in that it expires at the end of the academic year for which it is awarded. A scholar may receive a maximum of two grants.
Scholarships may be awarded to persons pursuing a programme of study in any field (priority or non-priority) via distance learning (online) up to a maximum of $15,000.00 to cover the expenses of Tuition and text books at any institution that meets the criteria as defined in Appendix VII (see page xv) of the National Scholarship Policy.
- A list showing those who are being awarded a scholarship will be published via a Government press release or via other media outlets. This Press release will state when letters will be available for collection . Response Letters are currently being email to awardees. All persons who submitted applications to the Ministry by the deadline of April 31stwill be given a letter showing response from the Education Advisory board. (Apply deadlines are subject to change yearly.)
- For those who will become recipients for awards you must sign a letter and underline ‘accept’to show that you are accepting the award and return a signed copy to the Ministry of Education, Scholarship Secretariat.
International & online students must bring in their tuition, accommodation & books invoices (if any). Once invoices are received, student payment structure and Bond agreements will be prepared to determine level of spending from the award amount per annum.
Bond agreements must be signed by an awardee, two sureties and the Justice of Peace/Notary republic in whose presence all parties sign. The original completed and signed bond must be given back to the Ministry before any payments are made to students or on behalf of a students. Bonds agreements MUST be submitted back to the Ministry of Education before leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Monies are paid for tuition, accommodation, travel, books & subsistence in order of priority. This breakdown will be based on your invoices and will be shown in your payment structure. For any concerns of payments, please refer to your payment structure that is release to international students once they sign their bond agreements.
Queries regarding the disbursement of funds must be made within that financial year (April 1st of one year – March 30th of the next). Accommodation (if on campus) payments are made directly to the Institution. Tuitions for local and international students are paid directly to the institutions. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SHOULD PRESENT THEIR TUITION, ACCOMMODATIONS OR REIMBURSEMENT INVOICES TO Scholarship Manager Tracey Outten at – email@example.com (BANK WIRING INFORMATION FOR INSTITUTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED).
No only tuition fees will be covered for local awards.
A monthly subsistence of $550.00 will be paid at the end of each month school is in session, that is from September to May. However subsistence is ONLY given to students coming from and studying on an island different from their island of residence.
Local students can have subsistence paid to the local government treasury or a bank account. International students must have subsistence paid to a Turks and Caicos Islands bank account for receipt overseas. Awardees must present details that is Bank account holder name, bank branch location, and bank account number to the Ministry of Education to the Scholarship Secretariat to any staff member at the current contact list.
Subsistence now paid twice per annum. September to December and January – May (US, Canada Caribbean students) and January – June for UK students.
Local awardees who qualify for a subsistence will receive payment at the end of each month.
Once you have been informed by the Scholarship Secretariat Unit that your payment (e.g. subsistence) has been processed by our unit, please allow 7 (seven) working days from that date for monies to be received.
For international awardees payments normally take 1-3 weeks after the Ministry’s receipt of your invoice for tuition & accommodation fees being paid directly to Institution, please allow the Treasury & bank time to process these payments. Once the wire receipt or draft is received by the Secretariat Unit, upon you request bank details received from treasury can be shared with your institution and you.
One round trip ticket per academic year is paid for out of your awarded funds from the Turks and Caicos Islands to the destination where studies are being pursued.
For international students:
- No layovers, in USA or other intermediary stops
- No weekend traveling unless students pays Provo Travel the difference in airfares between weekend & weekday travel. Both itineraries must be given to the Ministry.
- No change of ticket payments; this will be the responsibility of the student
- Students MUST take the MOSTdirect route
- Ticket must reflect year round travel e.g. September of one year- May or June of the next year.
- Students must seek permission first from the Scholarship Secretariat if they wish to purchase ticket on their once from another agency then Provo Travel, the current agency used by TCIG.
- (Reimbursement for tickets purchased other than those whom received permission from the Secretariat Unit is subject to approval once submission was not pre-approved.)
For regional students:-
Includes all what was stated for international students in addition to:
- Regional students must travel via InterCaribbean if airline flies to their destinations (in this case, student must contact the airline, make the arrangements and submit itinerary to Secretariat), if airline does not travel to destination, Student must Make travel arrangements with Provo Travel.
- If regional students want to travel via Provo Travel even though InterCaribbean flies to their destination they would be responsible for the difference in airfares, they would first provide their InterCaribbean Itinerary and also their Provo Travel Itinerary. The Purchase Order and travel request form would be prepared using InterCaribbean fees. However the Purchase Order itself would have PROVO TRAVEL as the supplier of services. Itineraries can be send directly to the Scholarship Officers for processing.
For International students, travel itinerary must be sent at least one month in advance of travel.
*ONE ticket is given for each financial year, student must therefore travel on return ticket; an additional return ticket will not be bought.
Grades must be submitted to the Scholarship Secretariat either per semester or the complete transcript at the end of every academic year. Students must maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA or equivalent. Students who fail to maintain the cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 will be given one warning letter and two probationary letters, after which if grades have not improved the next semester the scholarship will be withdrawn.