Education Maintenance Allowance

Apply for an EMA

If you are 16 to 19 years old, in a school or college, and come from a low income household you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 per week payable during term time.

To be eligible, your family household income must be less than: 
  • £20,352 - for households with 1 dependent child
  • £22,403 - for households with 2 or more dependent children

You must have a current signed learning agreement and you must adhere to the conditions of the learning agreement.

A new learning agreement has to be completed each academic year, and if you don't comply with your learning agreement, the allowance could be taken away.

Young adults attending college or university should apply direct to the college or university. For further information about EMA for young adults attending college or university, please contact the college or university direct.

EMA terms and conditions