How is an EMA calculated and paid?

If your date of birth falls between 1 March 2001 and 30 September 2004 you may be eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) from the start of the academic year 2020/21. If your date of birth falls between 1 October 2004 and 28 February 2005 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2021.

The income thresholds for the academic year 2020/21 are as follows:

Income No. of *dependent children in household Award (weekly)
£0-£24,421 1 £30
£0-£26,884 2+ £30

*Dependent children are all those up to the age of 16 and those over the age of 16 and up to the age of 25 if they are in full time further education or higher education.

For further information or to request an application form please email [email protected].

How is an EMA paid?

EMAs are paid directly into the student's bank account; no other account will be accepted.

The account must accept BACS payments, please check with your bank if you are unsure about this.

When is an EMA paid?

Payment will normally be made fortnightly, two weeks in arrears. A timetable will be issued to the student on receipt of a signed learning agreement.