Education Maintenance Allowance EMA - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland - Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA): England
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is extra money for students aged 16-19 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Last reviewed 24 April 2023
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA): 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:
- in care
- a care leaver
- claiming Income Support or Universal Credit
- receiving Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- receiving Universal Credit and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
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 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.
Reviewed: April 2023