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Education Maintenance Allowance

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides incentives for young people to continue in education after leaving school.

New Students

You may be eligible to receive a £30 weekly EMA award if:

  • you are above the compulsory school age
  • you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 years old on or before the 31 August
  • you normally live in Wales
  • you are studying an eligible full-time academic or vocational course.

You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • your household income is £20,817 or less
  • if there are other young people in your household who are under 16 and are eligible for Child Benefit and your household income is £23,077 or less 
  • if there are other young people in your household who are aged 16-20, in full time education and are eligible for Child Benefit and your household income is £23,077 or less.

You can download an application form and guidance notes from the Student Finance Wales (SFW) website (external link) or call 0300 200 4050. You can also contact your school or college to request an application pack.

Returning Students

If you are already receiving EMA, the SFW team will write to you (normally before the end of July) regarding your EMA award for the next academic year.