education maintenance Allowance (EMA)
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) became available nationally from August 2004 to provide financial support to 16 to 19 year olds from low income households, who are attending non advanced education in school, college, community or voluntary provision, or who are home educated.
The EMA scheme has been extended to include part-time students studying non-advanced courses.
Your date of birth should fall into one of the following categories:
|Academic Year||Date of Birth||Payable|
|2016/17||Born between 1st Mar 1997 and 30th Sept 2000||August 2016|
|2016/17||Born between 1st Oct 2000 and 28th Feb 2001||January 2017|
EMA is an allowance of up to £30 per week, depending on household income. The income thresholds for the EMA Programme for Academic Year 2016/17 are as follows:
|Income||No of dependent children||Award|
|£0 - £24,421||1||£30 per week|
|£0 - £26,884||2+||£30 per week|
An EMA is an allowance of £30 per week (not paid during holiday periods), which can be paid to eligible students who stay on in education between the ages of 16 and 19.
Pupils who received an EMA award for session 2015/16must complete an application form for session 2016/17 if they wish to continue receiving the award.
The household income of the young person will determine their eligibility for an EMA.
- Who will be eligible for an EMA?
- Will an EMA affect my family or my own benefits?
- What do I need to do?
- How do I apply for an EMA?
- When should I apply?
- What do I need to include with my application?
- Payment of your EMA
- Could my attendance at school or college affect my EMA payments?
- How long will the award last?
- Contact details
You may be eligible for an EMA if:
- You were born between 1 March 1997 and 30 September 2000.
- You were born between 1 October 2000 and 28 February 2001.
If you fall into one of the above categories and one of the categories below, you will be eligible for a weekly allowance of £30:
- If your household income is £24,421 or below
- If you have more than one child and your household income is £26,884 or below; or
- If you are living in a foster home or in the care of the local authority (no proof of income required).
An EMA is paid in addition to other support and benefits provided by the Government. This will not affect any other benefits you receive.
It will not affect any money you earn from a part-time job either.
You must attend all your classes and sign and EMA Learning Agreement with your school/college. This agreement will set out what is expected of you in terms of:
Education Maintenance Allowance Application Form (Available from May 2017)
Education Maintenance Allowance Guidance Notes (146kb .pdf)
Form 7(A) Accountant's Certificate (661kb .pdf)
Form 7(B) Certificate of Benefits (660kb .pdf)
If you are unable to complete an application form online, please contact us:
- Telephone: 01595 743845
- Email: email@example.com
- In person at Children’s Services Department at Hayfield House
You should apply for your EMA before 30th September for payments to be backdated to the start of the Summer Term, August 2016. If the application is submitted after 30th September, payments will only commence from the date the application is received.
For Christmas leavers, eligible for payment from January 2017, you should apply for your EMA by 28th February to receive payments backdated to the start of the Winter Term, January 2017. If the application is submitted after 28th February, payments will only commence from the date the application is received.
Please see the Bursary section to apply for an EMA while at College.
You should apply for your EMA as soon as you start your Activity Agreement. Payments will be backdated to the first date of engagement.
You should include the following:
- Your Birth Certificate or Passport
- Tax Credit Award Notice
- Bank Statement
If you do not have a Tax Credit Award Notice then you would submit your P60, Tax Return for Self-employment or proof of your benefits.
Photocopies/scanned copies are acceptable. However, Children’s Services reserve the right to see the original document on request.
Payments are made fortnightly in arrears to the young person’s bank account depending on attendance and compliance with the requirements of their learning agreement.
No Payments will be made until you have returned your completed, signed Learning Agreement. Please note Learning Agreements must be returned within three weeks of date of Award Letter.
If you do not have a bank account, you will need to open one when you apply for your EMA.
Yes, payments can be withheld without warning if your attendance falls below 100%, unless your absences have been covered by a medical certificate or approved by your school or college.
A maximum of 5 days self-certified absences will be accepted in any one term. Self-certified absences would require a note from your parent/guardian.
Lateness can also affect payments.
The award will be for one academic year only and a new application must be submitted each year.
If you have a query about entitlement to EMA you can contact the Children’s Services Department:
- By telephone 01595 743845
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person at the Children’s Services Department at Hayfield House
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