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Can I Get it?

There are 4 main things that determine if you can get EMA in academic year 2020/21:

  1. Your date of birth
  2. Your course
  3. Your household income
  4. Your nationality

Your date of birth

You have to be between 16 and 18 years old on 31 August 2020.

Your course

You must be studying at a participating school or college on an 'eligible' course that is an academic or vocational course up to and including Level 3 and either

  • full-time at school; or
  • a minimum of 12 guided hours per week at college;
  • Courses must last at least 10 weeks

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and your school/college is participating in the scheme, you can apply for EMA.

There are lots of courses you can do to get EMA such as:

  • GCSEs;
  • ‘A’ or ‘AS’ levels;
  • BTEC, GNVQ, NVQ courses;
  • Basic Skills courses;
  • Independent Living Skills or, if you're studying in England, Preparation for Adulthood.

Your household income

Your household income must be below a certain level for you to be able to receive EMA. There are 2 different levels, depending on your family circumstances:

  • Household income must be £20,817 or less if you are the only young person in the household.
  • Household income must be £23,077 or less if there are any additional young people eligible for child benefit in the household.

Our FE calculator can help you work out whether you might be entitled to EMA.

There is more detailed information about how household income and additional children in the household can affect your entitlement to EMA in this section:

Your nationality and residency status

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 for EMA. If you complete the application form and return it to us we’ll let you know whether or not you are eligible. You can download a form from this section:

I am a care leaver, can I apply for EMA?

If you're a care leaver and meet the above requirements, you can apply for EMA, we won’t ask you for any financial details.

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