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Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

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Key dates

June 2020 - Send your completed EMA application with original evidence to ensure that your funding is in place by the start of your course

31 August 2021 - The final date we can accept your application information for you to be eligible for EMA in academic year 2020 to 2021.

Do You Qualify For EMA?

EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you're eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

Before you apply for EMA there are few things you will need to check to make sure you qualify.

  • Date of Birth - you must be 16-18 years old on 31 August 2020
  • Course - you must be studying at a participating school or college on an ‘eligible’ course
  • Household Income - this must be below a certain level to receive EMA
  • Nationality and Residency – If you are a UK citizen living in Wales you should be eligible for EMA. If you’re not a UK citizen you may still be eligible, complete the application form and return it to us we’ll let you know whether or not you are eligible.

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