Mara gives lee­way to B40 stu­dents to pay fees in in­stal­ments

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KUALA LUMPUR: Ma­jlis Amanah Rakyat ( Mara) has given stu­dents from low-in­come ( B40) fam­i­lies lee­way to pay reg­is­tra­tion fees into Mak­tab Ren­dah Sains Mara ( MRSM) in in­stal­ments or re­quest a post­pone­ment.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, it said stu­dents who can­not make full pay­ment on the reg­is­tra­tion day are urged to in­form the col­lege man­age­ment and re­quest for a post­pone­ment of pay­ment or to pay in in­stal­ments.

Mara has set the reg­is­tra­tion fee for new stu­dents go­ing into Form 1 and 4 for the MRSM 2019 in­take at RM342, mostly for stu­dent use and to pay for stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing their stud­ies with MRSM.

“Stu­dents and par­ents need not worry be­cause Mara will al­ways give pri­or­ity to B40 stu­dents and en­sure that their hopes of fur­ther­ing their stud­ies at MRSM are not de­railed,” the state­ment said.

Mara has also in­tro­duced an Aid for Mara Ed­u­ca­tion ( BUDI) Pro­gramme to help hard­core poor stu­dents.

Un­der the BUDI pro­gramme, se­lected stu­dents will not be charged any fees, and will even be con­sid­ered for pocket money aid of RM50 a month, as well as ex­emp­tion from pay­ing con­tri­bu­tions of RM60 ev­ery month.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Mara tar­geted 500 stu­dents who will be of­fered the BUDI pro­gramme this year.

“The aid is spon­sored by sev­eral gov­ern­ment-linked com­pa­nies ( GLCs) as well as za­kat cen­tres.

“In con­nec­tion to this, Mara would like to of­fer com­pa­nies and the pub­lic, es­pe­cially ANSARA ( Malaysian MRSM For­mer Stu­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion) mem­bers who had the chance to get the best ed­u­ca­tion from MRSM be­fore to con­trib­ute to the BUDI pro­gramme, the more the con­tri­bu­tions we get, the more stu­dents in the B40 group can pur­sue their stud­ies at Mara,” the state­ment said. — Ber­nama

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