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TCI: Acquiring an Economic Cost Letter

#Providenciales, September 20, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services continues its quest to encourage and facilitate all Turks and Caicos Islanders to further their education and enroll into Tertiary studies.   As part of this mandate, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in recent years attained full membership to the University of the West Indies.  This therefore enables Turks and Caicos Islanders who are not beneficiaries of a scholarship to be able to attend any of the University of the West Indies three campuses in Jamaica, Barbados or Trinidad & Tobago and pay a reduced tuition fee.

To benefit from this reduced tuition fee, students who are not on a Government Scholarship (non-sponsored student) would have to contact the Ministry of Education requiring an ECONOMIC COST LETTER for them to present to University of the West Indies.


The non-sponsored student must present to the Ministry Scholarship Secretariat Unit their acceptance letter received from any of the University of the West Indies Campuses outlining: Name of student, Faculty, Student ID number. Once this information is presented the student will be issued with an economic cost letter.

The Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services encourages all Turks and Caicos Islanders to improve their educational learning by enrolling into a tertiary institution, whether it is at The Turks and Caicos Community College, UWI Open Campus, Online Studies, or at a Regional/ International Institution.  She went on to say that: “The role of education is undeniably critical as we march on the road of nation building, and this starts with building our workforce to take up the key positions which are available as a result of our economic development.

We recognize that;

  • Education enables those in paid formal employment to earn higher wages.
  • Better-educated individuals in wage employment are paid more to reward them for their higher productivity.
  • Education helps protect our working men and women from exploitation by increasing their opportunities to obtain secure contracts.
  • Education also offers better livelihoods for those in the non-formal sector to establish and run microenterprises. The more educated our people are, the more likely it is that they will start a business and that their businesses will be profitable.”

For further information please call the Ministry of Education at 338-3135 or email Tracey Outten, Scholarship Manager at


Release: TCIG



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