Communique from The President: Bahamas Government Tertiary Grant Programme
12th June 2019
Today, the Minister of Education Hon. Jeffrey L. Lloyd announced, during his contribution to the 2019-2020 Budget Debate, the Bahamas Government Tertiary Grant Programme tenable at University of The Bahamas. This major initiative will increase access to university education for qualified Bahamian citizens.
The grant programme will fund tuition, compulsory course fees, stipends and accommodation payments for full-time students of UB. The existing teacher education and nursing grants, the national bursary and the student-athlete financial assistance will all be consolidated under this programme. Compulsory course fees covered under the programme are:-
- Technology fee;
- Student activity fee;
- Library fee;
- Course lab fee;
- Mandatory course external examination fee.
The programme does not cover non-instructional fees like the security deposit, application, drop/add fees and books. It does not include payments for courses taken during the summer, unless in extenuating circumstances as determined by the University, nor the cost of taking repeat courses. The government reserves the right to bond grant recipients in specific disciplines (i.e., teacher education, nurses training).
Therefore, effective Fall 2019, students are eligible for the Bahamas Government Tertiary Grant Programme if they meet the following criteria. Grant recipients must:
- Be Bahamian citizens;
- Be enrolled full-time (i.e. taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester, which includes new and returning students);
- Maintain minimum satisfactory academic requirements and remain in satisfactory disciplinary standing with the university. (However, in order to receive or continue receiving the stipends that are disbursed under the teaching and nursing grant programmes, recipients must comply with the GPA requirement outlined in their Contracts of Study);
- Complete all course requirements within five years of the commencement of their studies, unless there are extenuating circumstances and the University grants an extension after verification. Approval from the University is the only way under which grant disbursements will be extended beyond the five-year period.
Students whose minimum cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation as per University policy. They will be permitted a single semester grace period to elevate their GPA to a 2.0 or higher. If they do not, then they will be suspended from the programme. The UB Policy on Financial Aid and Scholarships governs the administration of this programme.
Accommodation payments of $500 per person will also be given for the duration of the school year (August to April) to each student who meets the criteria. To be eligible for an accommodation grant, a student must:
- Have moved from another island of The Bahamas to undertake the course of study, or otherwise be (or have been) a ward of the state, in foster care, or in a children’s home;
- Be a full-time student;
- Be less than 25 years old at the time of enrolment;
- Agree to reside in University accommodation for the first full two years of study, provided that sufficient such accommodation is available to house them. In these instances, the accommodation grants will be applied directly to their housing fees related to same;
- Remain otherwise academically eligible for the grant programme.
However, if following the grace period for academic probation, a student fails to increase their GPA to the minimum 2.0, then the accommodation payments will cease.
There will be a one-time enrolment process for all grant recipients. We encourage students who are being notified of acceptance, returning students and students who are currently receiving grant and bursary aid under Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health programmes to apply as of Monday, 1st July 2019 in order to be processed in a timely manner. Applicants must have a UB-issued username and password in order to apply via the Banner Self Service system on the UB website. UB’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is managing the application process and is collaborating with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to ensure a seamless transition. The application process is online – as a growing number of our processes are – to make it convenient for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria.
To apply, visit www.ub.edu.bs:
- Login to “Banner” Self Service with your username and password;
- Under “Additional Links”, click on “Financial Aid”;
- Click on “Apply for Student Aid”;
- Follow the prompts to complete the process.
Other helpful information and resources are available on the UB website to guide applicants and members of the public through this process. Persons who require further information can contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 302-4370 / 302-4371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of The Bahamas has been intentional and strategic in its programmes and initiatives to increase the participation rate in higher education in The Bahamas, which is a key marker of a progressive nation. Statistics show that university graduates have a better quality of life, contribute to rippling benefits for their families and communities and help to build and develop the nation in myriad ways. Every day, in all that we do, UB students are being prepared to live better lives in a global society. This national tertiary grant programme will also help to grow this participation rate and produce the human capital necessary to make our nation more resilient, competitive and dynamic.
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