Educational maintenance allowance when a child turns 16+

Last updated: 17/02/2021

Young people aged 16 to 19 who want to continue learning in school or college on a non-advanced further education course may be entitled to the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

EMA is £30 a week. Being paid is dependent on performance and attendance at school or college. It is paid to your child every two weeks in arrears during term time if your income is below £24,421 (£26,884 if there is more than one student in the family).

Your child can have their own income from work and still get EMA at £30 a week. Your child’s EMA will not reduce any benefits you receive.

Applications are made on a form from your child’s school or college,

Apply for or renew an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Contact your local council education department for details

Applying for or renewing EMA