Stage 2: Making an application
Education Maintenance Allowance, funding for Further Education

How and when to apply

Applying early means you have the best chance of having your funding confirmed and in place for the start of your course.

If you’re new to EMA for academic year 2021 to 2022, you’ll need to fill in the application form. There are guidance notes to help you fill in the form. You can download these here.

If you do not have access to a printer, you can pick up an application pack from your school or college.

If you’re applying for EMA for academic year 2020 to 2021, the guide contains everything you need to know. You can then download and complete the form to send to us. There are guidance notes to help you with the form.

We will accept your application and any evidence until 31 August 2021.

Remember to sign your EMA Agreement at school or college to get your money after we process your application.


Key dates

April 2021

applications for the new academic year become available. The earlier you make your application, the better. If you do not know if you’ll be continuing at school or going to college, that’s OK. You can still make an application and let us know if anything changes.

30 June 2021

send us your completed application form and evidence by this date to have your application approved by the start of your course.

13 weeks

to be eligible for backdated payments, you must apply within thirteen weeks of the start of your course. You must also sign your EMA Agreement within this same thirteen-week period.

31 August 2022

this is the last date we can accept your application and evidence for you to be eligible for EMA in academic year 2021 to 2022.

Returning students

If this will be your second or third year getting EMA, you can find out further information here.