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A Successful Approach to Scholarship Strategy | Part II

Means Testing

In 2018 the Education Council introduced means testing in order to prioritise those students whose parents or legal guardians have a combined income of less than CI$250,000 per year, and a combined net worth of CI$500,000. This allows more funds to go to those who do not have the necessary means to pay for college/university and its related costs. However, if an applicant is above the threshold but there are “special” circumstances then they may ask the Education Council to consider their application.

The qualifying criteria for a local or overseas scholarship can be quite complicated and vary according to which type of degree or course you choose to take. For detailed lists and application forms click here.

Technical Vocational Study Programmes (TVET)

To be considered for an overseas scholarship for a Technical/Vocational Study Programmes (TVET) such as Auto Mechanics, Computer Engineering, Building Construction Technology or Radiography Technician you must have 5 higher level GCSE/CXC subject passes with A, B or C grades including Maths and English Language, or 3 higher GCSE/CXC passes with A, B or C grades with 99 Foundation Maths and English with A or B grades from UCCI or ICCI. Alternatively you could also have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.75 or higher including Maths and English Language passes with A, B or C grades, or a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your first year of study at UCCI or other Institution with professional or academic work in the desired course of study. Mature candidates will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


GPA EXPLAINED


A GPA – or Grade Point Average – of 4.0 is the equivalent of an A, 3.5 GPA is the equivalent of a B+, 3.0 GPA is the equivalent of a B and a 2.0 GPA is the equivalent of a C. To qualify for an overseas scholarship to attend university, the student must finish with a GPA of at least 3.0 or 3 x A Levels at C grade.


 

Scholarship Funding for Tertiary Education & University

In an effort to ensure that Caymanians have the opportunity to fulfil their educational and career goals, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Land (MEYSAL), through the Education Council and administered by the Scholarship Secretariat, offers scholarships and grants to all Caymanian students who qualify to pursue either a local or an overseas tertiary education course. Students can apply for an overseas scholarship between November 15th and January 31st annually, and a local scholarship between March 1st and April 30th. No late applications are accepted. Students need to apply to a university prior to their scholarship application, but they do not have to have received an acceptance letter prior to applying. The qualifying criteria for a scholarship varies depending on whether you are aiming to take a Technical and Vocational course, a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s or a PhD. The minimum age at which you can qualify for an overseas scholarship is 17, but the expectation is that you will turn 18 during that academic year. There is no upper age limit on applying for a scholarship.

Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

To be considered for an overseas scholarship to study a Bachelor’s degree programme you must have passed your AP, IB, A Levels, BTEC, SATs or Associate’s Degree to a certain criteria set out in the Scholarship Secretariat’s application form.

However, The Education Council may award an overseas scholarship to students who do not have advanced standing (IB, A Levels, CAPE, AP) if they meet one of the following two criteria: 1) 7 x GCSE/CXC passes at A or B grade, including Mathematics and English, or 2) A combined cumulative High School GPA of 3.25 or higher and an SAT score of 1500 (old SAT) or 1100 (new SAT) or ACT score of 22.

Undergraduate Funding Levels & Subsequent Years

To maintain your scholarship, you must achieve a 2.75 GPA or a 2:2 in the first year of study, and a 3.00 GPA or a 2:1 in your subsequent years. The Education Council has a requirement that you do at least 12 credits per semester/term in your first year and then 15 credits per term in the subsequent years. Overall, a Bachelor degree should take 120 credits to complete. Each year you should be doing a minimum of 30 credits for a four year course, and 40 credits for a three year course. The Secretariat’s annual audit of your scholarship will measure this and your funding may be suspended if you are taking less than the credit requirements. Funding comes in twice a year and is based on your declared expenses. Qualifying students can get funding of up to CI$20,000 per year for a maximum of four years. If they are reading Medicine then that can be extended to six years and beyond if the student is specialising in a chosen field and needs to take internships. Also based on budgetary considerations, mandatory summer funding can be made available to students once per degree, this is capped at $4,000 and is dependent on specific guidelines being met.

 


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