Education maintenance allowance (EMA)

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is designed to support you to remain at school in order to improve your qualifications and better prepare you for the world beyond the school. In paying you an EMA, the rules become comparable to those that would be expected of an employer: 100% attendance; excellent timekeeping; cooperation with the rules of the organisation; a commitment to doing the job to the best of your ability.


Age Eligibility - Academic Year 2018/19

  • If you were born between 1 March 1999 and 30 September 2002, you may be eligible to receive EMA from August 2018.
  • If you were born between 1 October 2002 and 28 February 2003, you may be eligible to receive EMA from January 2019.

 

Income Thresholds

If you are receiving EMA for the first time in 2018/19

For families with one child in full time education:

Household Income                            Award
£0 - £24,421                                       £30 per week

For families with more than one child in full time education:

Household Income                            Award
£0 - £26,884                                        £30 per week

Page last updated: 12 June 2019