The Higher Education has taken steps to minimize the gap between Mahapola Scholarship holders and bursary payment holders by increasing the monthly bursary payment from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 4,000 to enable university students to continue their studies without any economical difficulties.

Approximately, 25,000 students are admitted to universities annually and nearly 12,000 of them receive Mahapola Scholarships, while nearly 7,000 students receive bursaries. At present a Mahapola scholarship holder receives a monthly payment of Rs.5,000 while the bursary payment is only Rs. 2,500.