Increased living allowances for Mara-sponsored students effective immediately, says PM

BANGI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the living allowance for local and overseas students sponsored by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) will be increased with immediate effect.

He said on Saturday (Sept 10) the new living allowance rate for local students has been increased from a minimum of RM650 to a maximum of RM950 per month from diploma to professional and doctoral degree levels.

As for students studying overseas, the minimum has been increased to RM1,380 per month and the maximum to RM7,600 per month, from the bachelor’s degree level up to professional and doctoral levels.

“The living allowance for existing and new students studying in the country has been adjusted according to the increase in costs and inflation as well as their needs.

“The increase in allowance will involve a total of 62,998 MARA-sponsored students,” he said in his speech at the “Aspirasi Kecemerlangan Keluarga Malaysia” programme here, which was attended by nearly 3,000 students, while thousands others followed the event online.