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Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) - Education Maintenance Allowance: England

Find out more about Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Education Maintenance Allowance: England

The EMA scheme in England is now closed. However, schools and colleges have funds to award bursaries to people aged 16-19 who need help.

If you are:

you could receive a bursary of £1,200 a year from your school or college.

If you are not in one of these groups, you can still apply for a bursary from your school or college but any award will be made at the school or college's discretion. They will also decide what conditions you should meet to receive a bursary - for example, linked to your behaviour or attendance record.

You can read more about bursaries on the  16-19 bursaries page of the Gov.UK website

Live in England but plan to study in Scotland or Northern Ireland

If you live in England, but plan to study in either Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can still apply for an EMA in the country where you are studying. You won't get it if you plan to study in Wales.

Live in Scotland or Wales but plan to study in England

If you live in Scotland or Wales but plan to study in England, you can get EMA but you should apply in the country you normally live.

Last updated: April 2017

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