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.
For a Full Award - if the young person is 16 on or before 30 September 2018, they may be eligible for an EMA from August 2018. If the application is received after 30 September 2018 the award will commence from the date of receipt of the application.
For a Part Award - if the young person is 16 on or between 1 October 2018 and 28 February 2019, they can submit their application prior to their 16th birthday, however if their application is successful they will not receive payment until January 2019. If the application is received after 28 February 2019 the award will commence from the date of receipt of the application.
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.