Education Maintenance Allowance

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment of £30 for young people who are planning to continue in post-compulsory education.
 
Eligibility
 
Pupils born between 1st March 2000 and 30th September 2003 may be eligible for an award starting in August 2019.
Pupils born between 1st October 2003 and 29th February 2004 may be eligible for an award starting in January 2020; Pupils eligible from January 2020 do not need to wait until January to submit their application form.
 
The taxable household income between April 2018 and April 2019 determines the award, so you can get:
  • £30 per week if your family has only one dependant child and income of less than £24,421; or
  • £30 per week if your family has more than one dependant child and income of less than £26,884.
 
 
How to apply? Click on the button below and complete the online form!
 
Apply for EMA now!
 
All payments are paid directly into the pupils’ bank account, normally on a fortnightly basis.
 
EMA is paid in addition to other support and benefits provided by the government.  No one will lose out on any other money if the pupil is in receipt of an EMA.  It will not affect the parent’s Child Benefit or any money the pupil earns from a part-time job.
 
The pupil must attend all their course sessions and sign an EMA Learning Agreement with their school.  This agreement details what is expected of them in terms of attendance, coursework and progress.
 
If you have any enquiries you may find it useful to view our list of the most commonly asked questions and answers in the attached FAQs:

Frequently Asked Questions

Education Maintenance Allowance FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Education Maintenance Allowance

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