A registered student is one who has enrolled in courses for a given semester; has met all requirements for Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) or direct payment of tuition expenses; paid the College’s institutional fees and submitted a completed student insurance form in the relevant semester. Students must register online via MyCOSTAATT or Banner Self-Service on the days indicated in the academic calendar. A student may not register for a course unless all requirements, academic (e.g. prerequisites) and otherwise, have been satisfied.
A full-time student is defined as one who takes a course load of between twelve (12) and eighteen (18) credits per semester.
A part-time student is defined as one who takes a course load of between three (3) and nine (9) credits per semester.
No student will be allowed to attend a course for which he/she has not registered.
Step 1 Academic Advisement
The first step in the registration process is academic advisement. Before proceeding to register for courses, students must consult with an academic advisor to establish academic goals, review academic progress, and determine an appropriate course workload for the semester, based on their grade point average and general assessment of their academic progress.
Step 2 Register for Courses
Students must log on to the secure area in MyCOSTAATT or Banner Self-Service at the appointed time to register for courses in each semester. Details of the online registration procedures are outlined in the Banner Self-Service Student Registration User Guide.
Step 3 GATE Application
All new and continuing students, who are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, and who wish to access GATE must complete the GATE application form each semester.
Step 4 Payment of Fees
Students must pay institutional and tuition fees for each semester in which they are enrolled. Payment can be made at the Office of the Registrar at the City Campus and at the administrative offices at the Tobago and South campuses.
Step 5 Student ID Cards and Validation Stickers
Upon enrolment at COSTAATT, each new student will be issued a student identification card. This card is validated at each registration session with a semester-specific validation sticker. Students are required to display their validated ID cards at all times while on any of COSTAATT’s premises or at affiliated institutions. Students must present a valid identification card to borrow books from the library and to use any of the College’s facilities. Student ID cards must also be presented at examination sessions.
Late registration comes into effect on the first day of class of each semester. Students are required to pay an additional fifty dollar (TT$50.00) fee when registering during the late registration period.
Changes in Registration
The following are common requests for change in registration status
- change from full-time to part-time status or vice-versa;
- change in registration from ‘for credit’ to audit ;
- change in programme/major;
- change in name/address.
The relevant forms can be obtained from academic departments, the Office of the Registrar or the south and Tobago administrative offices and must be approved by the department chair. All forms must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar or administrative offices within one week of approval by the department chair.
See Registry Services.
Students must log on to the secure area using MyCOSTAATT or Banner Self-Service to drop and add classes as necessary. Students may drop and add from the start of the registration period until the ‘Add/Drop Deadline’ which is stipulated in the academic calendar. Students will not be allowed to add and drop courses beyond that date.
Withdrawals from a Course
A student may withdraw from any course without academic penalty provided that this is done by the withdrawal deadline indicated in the academic calendar. In order to withdraw from a course, a student must complete the Course Withdrawal Form, seek the approval of the department chair and submit the signed form to the Office of the Registrar, by the deadline date. Students who withdraw from a course by the stipulated deadline date will receive a grade of ‘W.’ ‘W’ grades have no impact on Grade Point Average (GPA).
Students who audit courses are not evaluated and do not receive a grade.
Withdrawals from the College
In order to officially withdraw from the College, a student must complete COSTAATT’s College Withdrawal Form and return his/her ID card to the Office of the Registrar.
Students who withdraw from a programme are normally entitled to apply for re-admission and must submit an application to the Admissions Office.
Leave of Absence
Students may apply for leave of absence from a programme for medical, personal or financial reasons using the Leave of Absence form. Leave of Absence forms must be approved by the relevant department chair and submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to the semester in which the student intends to be on leave. Such leave shall not exceed three consecutive semesters or one academic year.
Students are strongly advised to consult the Finance and Grant Administration Division of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in order to be apprised of the financial implications with respect to GATE.