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How Much Can I Get?

If you’re new to EMA in 2019/20 you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks, depending on your household income.

If you got EMA last year, go to this section for more information:

What is household income?

We use your household income to work out if you are entitled to EMA.

If you depend financially on your parents you are considered a dependent student. Your household income is the income of your parents. If you work part-time, we do not count this income as part of your household income.

You will be considered an independent student if you:

  • Live apart from your parents and have no contact with them, and you are not living under Local Authority care;
  • Live under Local Authority care, for example with foster parents;
  • Receive income support or universal credit in your own name;
  • Are responsible for a child;
  • Are classed as a young person in custody; or
  • Are employed and living with a partner

Household income thresholds

There are two different household income thresholds. We use your family circumstances to decide which one applies to you.

Household Income No of Dependent Children Award









If your household income is £23,078 or more you won’t be eligible for EMA.

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