Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

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What is EMA?EMA logo

If you decide to stay on at school or go to college you may be able to get Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). EMA is a fortnightly payment of up to £60 for students who are aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 years.

It is paid directly to young people who fall within the households income thresholds listed above and who stay on in education after they reach statutory leaving age which is after the end of their compulsory schooling.

Who can get EMA?

You could get EMA if all the following statements apply to you:

 • you’re studying full time at high school or a minimum of 15 hours at a college on an eligible course;
 • you’re able to meet the nationality and residency requirements;
 • you live in a household with an income of either:
 • £20,500 or less;

 or

 • £22,500 or less and there’s more than one young person who qualifies for Child Benefit in the household;
 • you have not already received the maximum allowance for the EMA scheme; and
 • you’re aged 16, 17, 18 or 19.

 

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EMA Application form 2017/18

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EMA Application form notes 2017/18

 

Further information

Further information on how to apply is available from the school, or Jobs and Benefits Office, or the EMA Customer Services Team.

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EMA Customer Services Helpline

Telephone: 0845 601 7646 (from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday)
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