Education Maintenance Allowance
What is an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?
EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 which may be available to full time pupils receiving school education who achieve 100% attendance per week or young people who take part in Activity Agreements after they reach the statutory school leaving age of 16.
It can be paid for a maximum of 3 years (4 years for vulnerable young people who may need additional time to further their potential).
Eligibility for EMA
In the academic session 2018/19, your date of birth must fall on or between 1 March 1999 and 28 February 2003.
EMA awards will be payable according to the total taxable income of your household. The income threshold is £24,421 for one dependent child and £26,884 for households with two or more dependent children.
Payments will only be made for the weeks where attendance requirements have been met.
EMA is a fortnightly payment, paid directly into the young person's bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you will be required to open one.