Education Maintenance Allowance
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.
What is an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?
EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 which is paid on a 2-weekly basis in arrears and may be available to young people who are in full time education or take part in Learning Agreements after they reach the statutory school leaving age of 16. Young people must reapply at the start of each school year.
Eligibility for EMA
- If the young person turns 16 on or before 28 February during that school year;
- If the young person's household income falls below the thresholds listed above;
- The young person has 100% attendance of their agreed timetable. (Payments will only be made for the weeks where attendance requirements have been met. For more info on attendance procedures for EMA pupils, please read the pupil handbook below).
For a full award
If the young person is 16 on or before 30 September, they may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the school year in August. If the application is received after 30 September, 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 and 28 February, they can submit their application prior to their 16th birthday, however, if their application is successful, they will not receive payment until January. If the application is received after 28 February, the award will commence from the date of receipt of the application.