FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT UNDERGRADUATE STUDY AT UWIGo back to FAQ index page
How are my fees assessed?
The University of the West Indies has a credit base fee structure for undergraduate programmes which will offer students the advantage and flexibility of being able to pay in accordance with the number of credits chosen.
Students registered for 24 or more credits for the academic year are classified as full time.
Those registered for less than 24 credits are classified as part time.
Tuition fees for nationals of contributing countries sponsored by their governments have been calculated at 20% of the economic cost. Contributing governments pay the remaining 80% of the economic cost on behalf of each sponsored student. Fees for students from contributing countries, not sponsored by their governments, who are admitted under the quota, have been calculated at 33.3% of the economic cost.
With the exception of students from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica, students from countries contributing to the University would be allowed to pay the lower fee.
These students must also provide a letter of sponsorship for economic cost from their respective governments.
British Virgin Islands
Trinidad & Tobago
Non-Contributing Association of Caribbean States (ACS) Countries
If you have reviewed the above information and are unsure which fee category you are in, you may wish to contact the Student Accounts Section, at telephone 1 868 662 2002 Ext. 83382/ 82143 for assistance.
What fees do I have to pay in order to register?
You are responsible for tuition fees and compulsory fees. If you will be living in a University Hall of Residence, then the Halls of Residence fees must also be paid
Consult our website at https://sta.uwi.edu/resources/documents/UndergraduateFeeBklt.pdf
When is the deadline to pay fees? Do I pay all at once?
You are advised to pay your fees before registration week and keep the receipt safely until registration.
All Tuition and Hall Fees will be due and payable at the start of each Semester/Summer session. All Compulsory fees are due in full at the beginning of the academic year.
Financial information is available on our website at https://sta.uwi.edu/resources/documents/UndergraduateFeeBklt.pdf
Where do I pay and what methods of payment are accepted?
Pay fees at any branch of Republic Bank using the bank deposit slip.
- Your name, address and UWI student ID number are entered on the bank deposit slip.
- The bank teller returns 2 copies of the deposit slip to you.
Using the UWI Online Payment System (Master of Visa credit card ONLY)
For Online Payment ensure that:
- You Print a copy of your online payment receipt (proof of payment).
Who is eligible for the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)?
- GATE can be accessed by citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing higher education.
- Citizens must provide proof that they have been resident in Trinidad & Tobago for at least three (3) years prior to submitting an application. GATE is applicable for study within Trinidad and Tobago and at the campuses of The University of the West Indies in Cave Hill, Barbados; Mona, Jamaica; and the Bahamas Hotel Institute.
Is it possible for GATE funding to expire?
Yes it is possible for GATE funding to expire. The GATE Policy of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, states that, effective January 2012, GATE no longer covers students whose cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) is below "1.0." A student will also not be granted access to GATE funding for any period in excess of the standard duration except where official leave of absence has been granted.
As a citizen of Trinidad & Tobago, what fees are payable to the University on registration?
As an undergraduate student, the compulsory fees must be paid and a GATE form must be completed.
How do I check for financial clearance?
Check on-line for FINANCIAL CLEARANCE - After 24 hours of submission of your registration documents to the Student Accounts representative at the Lloyd Braithwaite Student Administration Building by logging on to the secure area of the UWI website at http://my.uwi.edu/ Select 'Registration Map and Guide' and select 'Check Financial Clearance'.
Can I obtain a refund of Caution Money if I withdraw from the University?
Yes, caution money will be refunded on submission of the completed refund of caution money form with student ID to the Customer Service Representative, Lloyd Braithwaite Student Administration Building.
Where a student has paid fees and officially withdraws from the University, or has applied for leave of absence within three (3) weeks of the start of Semester I, then five-sixth (5/6) of the tuition fees paid for Semester I, in addition to full tuition fees paid for Semester II, would be refunded.
NOTE: Guild and ID card fees are not refundable.
How do I apply for a refund of caution money?
You must complete an Application for Refund of Caution Money form, have it signed by the Library and the faculty in which you were registered and return it to the Customer Service Centre, The Lloyd Braithwaite Student Administration Building, with your UWI Student ID Card.
The Caution Money is refundable only when the student is leaving The University and will be returned at that time after the amount of any outstanding liability to The University has been deducted
(I) CAUTION MONEY MAY BE APPLIED TO COVER LIBRARY FINES, CHARGES FOR BREAKAGES, OR HALL CHARGES DURING A COURSE OF STUDY. IF IT BECOMES EXHAUSTED BEFORE THE END OF AN ACADEMIC YEAR, THE STUDENT WILL BE CALLED UPON TO REPLENISH IT.
(II) CAUTION MONEY WILL NOT BE REFUNDED UNTIL THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE COMPLETION OF STUDIES.
If I have submitted my Application for REFUND OF CAUTION Money form when will refund cheques be available?
Caution money is not normally refunded until three (3) months after completion of your course or withdrawal from University.
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