COSTAATT is committed to supporting the holistic development of its students. Our Admissions Policy is premised on principles of access that aim to support student retention and success, as well as excellence in educational standards.
As a community college, we are cognizant of the critical role that education plays in national development and as part of our mission therefore, we seek to provide access to applicants possessed of a wide range of abilities and to actively expand educational opportunities to those who may be under-represented in tertiary education.
As a learning community we recognize the dynamic nature of our activities, and strive in the spirit of our commitment to quality, to continuously review and improve admissions policies and practices.
Selection and Equity
Applicants are considered for admission on the basis of information provided on the application for admission form. In arriving at an admissions decision, selection criteria are taken into account, including academic achievement, relevant work or voluntary experience and performance at interview or audition.
While all applicants should meet normal matriculation requirements for programmes, every application is considered on its own merit and selection procedures do not discriminate amongst applicants on the basis of age*, gender, race or ethnic background, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation or disability.
Selection criteria must also take account the College’s responsibility and/or legal obligations to comply with relevant legislative, governmental, professional or industrial codes and regulations.
* Variations in minimum age requirements for specified programmes are based on relevant legislative, governmental, professional or other regulations
A student who registers for 12 or more credits per semester. Full-time students must obtain special permission from the Department Chair and Registrar to register for more than 15 credits per semester.
A student who registers for less than 12 credits per semester. Part-time students must obtain special permission from the Department Chair and Registrar to register for more than 9 credits per semester.
A student who has formally applied and been accepted to pursue a certificate, diploma or degree programme.
A student who enrols in courses to satisfy personal interests or needs and is not applying for candidacy for a certificate, diploma or degree programme. The department may require placement testing or interviews for such students.
A student who enrols in a course for personal needs or interests. Audit students are not required to take examinations and are, therefore, not awarded credit for courses.
A student who is a citizen of one of the members states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
A student who is not a citizen or permanent resident of Trinidad and Tobago or of a CARICOM state.
A student who is at least twenty-five years old.
A student who has completed college-level courses at a recognized higher education institution and who wishes to enrol in a degree programme at COSTAATT.
A student who is attending another tertiary level institution (local and foreign), but wishes to temporarily enroll in COSTAATT and transfer credit back to the home institution. The applicant must provide an official transcript and written evidence of advisement from the home institution, identifying courses approved for transfer of credit. Applicants for transient status must complete the College’s Admissions form and pay the relevant fee.
How to Apply: When to Submit
The academic year begins in September, which is when the College accepts its single, largest intake of students. However, some programmes also recruit for a January semester.
Applications will only be accepted during the following periods:
September semester application period: March 1 – June 15
January semester application period: September 2 – November 1
How to Apply: What to Submit
ALL applicants must submit the following in order to be considered for admission:
- A completed and signed Application for Admission form.
- Originals and copies of secondary and/or tertiary academic certificates and official transcripts. Qualifications not in English MUST be accompanied by an official translation.
- A recognised form of photo identification (i.e. a passport or, for nationals of Trinidad and Tobago a National ID card).
Applicants to Programmes in the Division of Nursing and the Health Sciences
- Two (2) written confidential character references (General Nursing; Psychiatric Nursing; Medical Laboratory Technology; Environmental Health; Occupational Safety and Health; Radiography)
- A copy of a Nursing Council Permit (General Nursing; Psychiatric Nursing)
- A Police Certificate of Character (General Nursing; Psychiatric Nursing)
- A personal statement (Radiography; Advanced Diploma Medical Ultrasound)
Applicants to Business Programmes and Performing Arts: Music
- Résumé (All Music applicants; Applicants 25 years or older who do not have the minimum general entry requirements for: Human Resource Management; Accounting; Marketing; Criminal Justice; Management and Entrepreneurship)
Applicants for Financial Aid
- A birth certificate (if applying for Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) funding). This is relevant to Trinidad and Tobago Nationals only.
Non-Native Speakers of English
- Must provide evidence of English Language proficiency, via an internationally recognized English Language proficiency test.
Please note: Applications submitted through the mail should be accompanied by copies NOT originals of important documents. Instead, originals should be presented at the Admissions Department as soon as possible thereafter.
Applicants with previous tertiary education who wish to be awarded transfer credit must submit:
Official Transcripts of all courses completed at previous institution
Copies of syllabi/course outlines for courses completed at tertiary level institutions.
A completed Request for Credit Transfer form (available at the Admissions Office)
Transfer credit requests will be assessed once a department has indicated its desire to make an offer to an applicant.
Application Processing Fee
Paper-based applications: non-refundable fee of TT $25.00. This fee does not guarantee a place on a programme.
- Online applications: FREE
COSTAATT reserves the right to verify all documentation submitted in support of an application for admission.
All applicants will be notified in writing, regarding the outcome of their application. Offers of admission are valid only if made in writing and signed by the Director of Enrolment Management.
All applicants who are shortlisted for further consideration are required to take Placement Test in English and Mathematics to determine their levels of proficiency. Tests are scheduled throughout the year and are offered at campuses in Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago.
Successful applicants who have met all college and programme entry requirements but who are unable to take up the place offered may defer enrolment for a maximum of one academic year. After such time, applicants will be required to re-apply to the College.
Shortlisted applicants to the Music programmes are required to audition as part of the admissions process.
Applicants wishing to transfer to COSTAATT from local or international tertiary institutions must submit official transcripts of all courses completed at previous tertiary institutions, along with the completed COSTAATT application form. Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who received Government Assistance for Tertiary Education (GATE) funding at their previous tertiary institution, must inform the Admissions Office of this.
Applicants with previous tertiary level credits or A Level graduates wishing to transfer to COSTAATT with advanced standing must submit the following, along with the application form:
- Official transcripts of all subjects completed at previous institution
- Copies of syllabi/course outlines for courses completed at tertiary level institutions
- A completed Request for Transfer Credit form (available at the Admissions Office)
COSTAATT requires that all candidates must successfully complete at least 70% of the course/credit requirements at the College. Only courses completed at COSTAATT or credits earned through a challenge examination will be computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA).
The College evaluates the transcripts of transfer students to determine equivalency with its own programmes of study and requirements for graduation. Please note that, depending on the programme of study, there is a limit to the number of credits that may be transferred or the number of exemptions that may be granted. Transfer applicants must be in good academic standing at the previous institution.
CARICOM & International Students
CARICOM and international applicants must submit, to the Admissions Office, originals and copies of all academic certificates, as well as official copies of transcripts of all subjects completed at prior secondary and tertiary level institutions. A certified translation is required for documents not in English.
It may also be necessary for applicants to have their qualifications assessed by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).
CARICOM and international applicants must meet all college admissions and immigration requirements. (A CARICOM applicant is a citizen of one of the member states of the Caribbean Community).
Applicants must submit high school and college transcripts with the standard admissions application form. Non-English transcripts should be translated and certified by an authorized agency before submission to the Admissions Department.
Applicants from countries where English is not the native language or primary language of education, must provide evidence of their competency in English via an internationally recognized English Language Test such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with other application documents. Please see the table below for required minimum test scores.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS
|Level of Intended Programme of Study||TOEFL Minimum Level||IELTS Minimum Level|
(Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5+)
|6.5 with no band lower than 6.0|
|Associate degree, Diploma or Certificate||550*/213**/79***
(Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5+)
|6.0 with no band lower than 5.5|
(Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5+)
|6.0 with no band lower than 5.5|
|*Paper-based Test||**Computer-based Test||***Internet-based Test|
In addition, applicants must submit documented evidence of adequate funding to cover all costs (including tuition, college fees, books, boarding and other living expenses).
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be invited to take the placement tests in English and/or Mathematics. Shortlisted candidates will receive an email and text message from the Admissions Office advising of the test date.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY
Please note that the following persons are exempted from taking the placement test, as detailed below:-
Exempt from English & Mathematics test:
- Persons who completed degree level studies at COSTAATT
- Holders of bachelor’s and associate degrees from other recognised institutions
- Holders of recognised professional certification
Exempt from English test only:
- CAPE/GCE A’ Level graduates with grades 1, 2 or 3/ A, B or C in Communication Studies or Literature
- CSEC/GCE O’ Level graduates with grade 1 or A in English A
Exempt from Mathematics test only:
- CAPE/ A’ Level graduates with grades 1, 2 or 3/A, B or C in Mathematics or Physics
- CSEC/GCE O’ Level graduates with grades 1, 2 or 3/ A, B or C in Additional Mathematics
- CSEC/GCE O’ Level graduates with grade 1 or A in Mathematics
To assist you in preparing for these tests, please download and review the sample tests (in PDF format) below: