All Caymanian students in one of the three Government high schools are provided with a free education up until the end of secondary school (Year 12).
However, The Department of Education, through the Scholarship Secretariat, have made certain financial/scholarship provisions available to families of Caymanian high school students who have qualified to enter a private institution to take A Levels, a BTEC Level 3 Extended course, AP or CAPE courses or the IB. Any student who leaves one of the government high schools to enter a private school (or ICCI or UCCI) is given what is called ‘Dual-Entry’. This simply means that these students are tracked through to the end of Year 12.
A Level StudentsIf your child gets the required grades, is accepted to an A Level course, comes from a Government high school, and has successfully enroled as a ‘Dual Entry Student’, then they automatically get CI$14,000 towards tuition fees for both years of their A Level or CAPE studies but they must get certain minimum grades at the end of the first year of A Levels to qualify for the second year of funding. Parents need to be prepared to pay for all incidentals including PTA fees, uniforms and AS and A Level exam fees. To qualify for financial assistance towards the fees, students need to have achieved a minimum of 5 IGCSE/GCSE/CXC passes at grade C or higher and have passed English and Maths. To qualify for funding in the second year of the course, students must achieve a minimum of C, C, C in their AS Level exams at the end of the first year of their A Level course. Any money received from the Scholarship Secretariat is paid directly to the school and cannot be used for uniforms or any other incidentals. An additional contribution is also made towards books.
Caymanian students who have been at a private school all the way through their secondary schooling, and who have been accepted into an A Level programme (having achieved the minimum education requirements), can also apply for assistance with the fees for their course. On making a successful application to the Scholarship Secretariat and the Education council, these students can also get their two year A Level tuition fees - up to CI$14,000 per year - paid in full. Please note that since September 2018, means testing has become a part of the local scholarship application. Check the scholarship information page on https://moescholarships.gov.ky/ for further details.
Eligibility for A Level scholarships depend on the student's intention to attend a tertiary institution/university in a Commonwealth country (e.g. the UK, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados) after completing their A Levels. A declaration is to be signed by the student/parent acknowledging that pursuing further studies outside of the Commonwealth may limit their ability to obtain subsequent scholarship funding. The signed declaration is to be included with the completed application form. The Information Release Form requires pre-signing and is to be included with the completed application.
Associate’s Degree Students
If a Caymanian Government high school student chooses to finish their secondary education doing an Associate’s Degree at UCCI or ICCI then they can apply for the fees to be paid. However, all students who have not achieved either an A or B grade in English and Maths are mandated to take remedial Maths and English at college level, as well as college skill classes and career classes.
The Associate's Degree takes about 2.5 years at UCCI (with 68 credits), 18 months at ICCI (which is a quarter-term institution) and you will graduate with an Associate’s Degree worth 90 college credits.
BTEC Diploma Students
The Government high schools in Cayman offer BTEC Level 1 and 2 courses, and CIFEC offers BTEC Level 1 and 2 courses as well as the first year (only) of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. For students to complete their Level 3 diploma, which is considered the equivalent of taking 3 A Levels, they will need to go to England to take the second year. To qualify for an overseas undergraduate scholarship, students taking the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma will need to finish the two year course with a minimum grade of triple merit (MMM). CIFEC currently offers two BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Creative Media Film & TV and Business. However, these are only offered to Certificate level (equivalent to AS Levels), since you can only attend CIFEC for one year, and to reach Diploma level you would have had to complete a two year course.
AP, CAPE and IB Students
Although two-year funding was previously only offered for A Level and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma students in their second year, as of Fall 2021/22, this funding now extends to first-year students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Advanced Placement (AP) programme. Scholarship funding is therefore now available to Caymanian students who are going into their first and/or second year of studying AP and IB. Full two-year funding of up to CI$14,000 per year is available to qualifying CAPE students.
For far more information, visit the Scholarship Secretariat's website.
GPA – Grade Point Average
A GPA 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.
Note on University Entry Requirements
For those students wanting to go to university, it is worth them checking the entry criteria at a few different universities to get a clear idea of where they need to aim. The universities will clearly outline what subjects they require you to have taken at A Level (or its equivalent) and what results they require for you to be considered for entry to the course.
Documents Required for Secondary School Funding
- A completed application form
- Official high school or college transcript (final transcripts may be uploaded after closing date)
- Birth Certificate and Status letter/Right to be Caymanian certificate
- Letter of Acceptance (may be uploaded after closing date)
- Personal Statement (to include why you are deserving of a scholarship, how you plan to use that A Level, what you intend to do with it, how it will be beneficial to the community)
- Cover Letter
- One passport-sized photograph