Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

What is EMA?

Education Maintenance Allowance is a weekly payment of £30 to help 16, 17, and 18 year olds with the costs of further education. Payments are made every 2 weeks as long as you continue to meet your school or college’s attendance requirements. Getting EMA won’t affect any benefits you or your family already receive.


Who can get EMA? 

You could get EMA if all the following statements apply to you: 

  • You usually live in Wales; 
  • You’re aged 16, 17 or 18; 
  • You’re studying full time at high school or a minimum of 12 hours at a college that is approved by the


Department for Education and Skills on an eligible course; 

  • You’re able to meet the nationality and residency requirements; 
  • You live in a household with an income of either: 
  • £20,817 or less. 


  • £23,077 or less and there’s more than one young person who qualifies for Child Benefit in the household.


Additional help and information


For the most up-to-date information about EMA go to: .

If you need to speak to someone about applying for EMA you can call 0300 200 4050 (Minicom 0300 100 1693).

Application packs for Academic Year 17/18 are available from the school Attendance Office or Apply Online