Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
The Education Maintenance Allowance is designed to help pupils from lower income families stay on at school or college - and not have to worry about their finances.
What are the key features of EMA?
Who is eligible for EMA?
Young people are eligible to receive or to continue receiving EMA in the EMA year 2009/10 providing:
How much will they get?
The amount of EMA that a young person is eligible to receive in 2009/10 is dependent on their household income which must be £30,810 or less in the previous tax year, 2008-2009. The young person will then receive £10, £20 or £30 - a breakdown is as follows:
Up to £20,817 £30
More than £20,817 but less than or equal to £25,521 £20
More than £25,521 but less than or equal to £30,810 £10
For all enquiries regarding EMA, please contact 0800 121 8989 (some mobile operators may charge for calls made to this number) or visit www.direct.gov.uk/ema