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How do I Apply?

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we understand that you might not be able to collect your application from school or print it. We are aware you might not be able to post it to us just now. Please do not worry as we will process your application once we receive it and you will still get your money.

Applications and evidence for academic year 2020 can be received up to 31 August 2021. It is important that once your course starts you sign your EMA agreement in order to get your money after we process your application.

We have extended the deadline from 8 to 13 weeks for you to apply for EMA, and sign an EMA agreement. This way you will get backdated payments to the start of your course. If you apply after 13 weeks of starting your course, you will get payments backdated from the first Monday after we receive your application.

If you cannot attend your school or college to sign an EMA agreement, speak to them to make different arrangements.

New to EMA in 2020 to 2021

If you're new to EMA, the Little Book of EMA contains everything you need to know.

To ensure you get paid on time please use the guidance notes to complete your application. You can download the form and guidance notes here:

We welcome Welsh correspondence and calls. This won't lead to a delay in our response.

You'll need to send in evidence of your nationality, date of birth and proof of address with your completed application. Information about what you need to send is in this section:

If your application is approved for academic year 2020 to 2021, we may write to your parent(s)/guardian(s) and ask them to send us financial details to support the information they provided on your application. We will send out a form for this.We will accept one of the following evidence items:

  • Child Benefit letter
  • a letter from an official organisation (such as a bank) showing that your address is the same as the sponsor listed on your application

Key dates

June 2020 - Send your completed EMA application with evidence

8 weeks - To be eligible for backdated payments you must apply within 8 weeks of the start of your course

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

What Happens Next

  1. Completed EMA application returned with evidence
  2. Application assessed and award letter sent*
  3. EMA agreement signed with school or college
  4. School or college confirm you've been in attendance
  5. EMA paid into your bank or building society account

*If further evidence or information is required we will contact you before you get your award letter

Completed applications can be sent to the address below

EMA Wales Customer Services
PO Box 5596
G52 9BR

Got EMA last year?

If you got EMA last year and you're continuing with your studies in academic year in 2020 to 2021, we'll send you a letter to let you know if you're eligible for EMA. If you've not received this by the end of June 2020, please call the customer service team on 0300 200 4050.

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