Financial Aid

What is Financial Aid?

All colleges and universities offer financial aid. The amount of financial aid one can receive is dependent on a few factors:

  • Financial situation
  • Cost of tuition
  • Your year in school and your enrollment status.

Financial aid helps students and their families by covering education expenses, such as tuition and fees, books and supplies.

Types of Financial Aid

There are two main types of scholarships that students may be eligible for:

merit-based scholarships or needs-based scholarships.

  • Merit-based scholarships award students for outstanding credentials. They award high achieving students who excel in academics, arts, and athletics. They do not take into account a student’s financial situation.
  • Needs-based scholarships award students who have a financial need. Students qualify for needs-based scholarships based on their family’s income and financial constraints.

Both college grants and scholarships are forms of financial aid that students are not required to pay back. Both may require that a student maintain a certain GPA to receive the financial support each year (if the aid is renewable), and may require an annual application.

If you need assistance with your online application below contact the Student Life Department by calling 345-623-8224 or emailing 



Scholarships Available




The Community Engagement Programme (CEP) at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) is a comprehensive need-based scholarship and retention programme for first-generation college students studying in the Cayman Islands.

The Peter N. Thomson Family Foundation - University College of the Cayman Islands Scholarship programme is designed to support Caymanians with tertiary education. The scholarship will be awarded to qualifying Caymanians to pursue their Associate or Bachelor studies at UCCI.

The UCCI CISCO Netacad Scholarship aims to support the development of residents of the Cayman Islands. The scholarship focuses on providing financial support to NEW IT Academy students interested in CISCO courses, who are driven to improve the Cayman Islands.

Water Authority Cayman: Provides grants of up to $2,500 per year to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies. Open to Caymanian students who can show a documented financial need and who are in a STEM-related course of study beneficial to the Water Authority. Students can be pursuing a certificate or an associate or bachelor’s degree. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required

Applicants for this scholarship should be degree-seeking STEM students. Students can receive up to $2,500 annually. Applicants must provide documents showing financial need.

This scholarship of up to $2,500 is for new Caymanian students who are pursing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, software development, C++ programming or PHP programing. Students must also be committed to using their knowledge and skills to improve the Cayman community.

The RBC Scholarship Programme provides up to $2,500 per year (renewable) to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies. Open to new Caymanian students looking to pursue an associate degree or a TVET certificate programme at UCCI. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.



The School of Hospitality Studies (SHS) Scholarship provides up to $4,000 for one academic year to cover tuition, fees, books and materials. Open to new Caymanian students looking to pursue a Hospitality and Tourism certificate programme at UCCI. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.

Fall 2021 - Financial Aid Timeline

June 1
Application Opens

JUL 16
Applications Deadline

JUL 17-31
Applications Review

AUG 1-8Recipients Announcement