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Education Maintenance Allowance

You could get financial support to stay on at school if you are from a low income household and meet certain criteria. This is called an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 payable to eligible young people who achieve 100% attendance per week.   It is payable in arrears, during term time only, generally on a 2 weekly basis.

EMA is payable to students aged 16 to 19 for a maximum of 3 years.


Your household income for the year ended 5 April 2019 (2018/19) must be less than:

  • £24,421 - for households with one dependent child
  • £26,884 - for households with two or more dependent children


You must apply and reapply for each academic year.

Your date of birth must fall on or between 1 March 2000 and 29 February 2004 to apply for the 2019/20 academic year. Applications for this academic session will not be accepted after 31 March 2020.

You can download the application form and guidance notes below. Please read the guidance notes first as these will help you complete the form correctly.

Page last updated: 16/01/2020
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