There are four main things that determine if you can get EMA in academic year 2019/20:
- Your date of birth
- Your course
- Your household income
- Your nationality
Your date of birth
You have to be between 16 and 18 years old on 31 August 2019.
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
- 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:
- ‘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 two 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 are a care leaver and meet the above requirements, you can apply for EMA, we won’t ask you for any financial details.