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Education Maintenance Allowance - financial help for senior pupils

If you want to stay on at school or go on to college you may be entitled to an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

These are weekly payments of £30 for students who are aged 16 before 30 September, depending on household income.

You may qualify if you have one dependant child and your household income in less than £24,421 or if you have two or more dependant children and your household income is less than £26,884.

Dependant children are all those up to the age of 16 and those over the age of 16 and up to the age of 25 if they are in full time further or higher education.

EMAs are extra to other support and benefits provided by the Government and don't affect any money you earn from a part-time job or your family's benefits, including child benefit.

To qualify, you must attend classes regularly and sign an EMA Learning Agreement with your school or college that sets out what's expected of you in terms of attendance, general conduct, completion of course work and progress with learning.

The EMA application form for school session 2017/18 is available from the link below:

For more information ask your school guidance teacher or phone the Educational Maintenance Allowance helpline.

EMA helpline

Phone: 0303 123 1011
Email: EMA helpline