Education Maintenance Allowance

Applying for an EMA

If you are 16 between 1 October 2019 and 29 February 2020 you should now submit an EMA application form.  Your application needs to be with us by 29 February2020 so that payments can be backdated to the start of term in January.  If necessary, please submit your form without documents in order to ensure the application reaches us on time. 

Application Packs are now available from schools and First Stop Shops. Alternatively, you can download the pdf icon EMA application form [276kb] and pdf icon guidance notes [274kb].

Education Maintenance Allowance provides support for 16 to 19 year olds from low income families who undertake a full-time course at school. Young people may also be eligible for EMA where they are undertaking a programme of learning in a CLD Learning Hub. Young people can receive £30 per week provided they attend regularly and make good progress with their learning.

Part A of the guidance notes describe the conditions which must be met for entitlement to an EMA award. All applications will be individually assessed to determine whether or not the applicant is eligible.

Applicants should pay particular attention to the deadlines for submitting applications (Page 2 of the Application Form, Section 3 of the Guidance Notes.  Applications should be submitted without supporting documents in order to meet the deadlines.

Part B contains instructions on how to complete the application form and information on documentation to be submitted with the form.

Application forms are also available to download; however, they cannot be completed and submitted online. You should print the form, complete the appropriate sections, sign the form then post it to the address shown on the form. 

If submitting a downloaded application, you should take the form and documents to the post office to be weighed as a first class stamp will not be sufficient postage.

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