Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

The Education Maintenance Allowance provides financial support for 16-19 year olds who are continuing with their education at schools or further education institutions. 


It is means tested and to be eligible you will need to be:

  • Aged 16 between 1 September 2008 – 31 August 2009
  • Living in the UK
  • In full time study
  • Studying eligible course


Money = £10/£20/£30 weekly depending on circumstances.  Paid fortnightly into bank.


You will qualify if:

  • you live with parents, annual income of total household must be less than £31,581
  • you live on your own, annual income must be less than £31,581
  • you’re under the care of social services, or responsible for child, is likely to receive £30 per week


If you think you may be eligible please contact your school directly.