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Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

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You may be able to claim an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £30 a week during term time if you are a 16-19 year old from a family with a low income and:

From 1 January 2016 you may qualify for the EMA if your household income is less than £24,421 a year for households with one dependent child or £26,884 for households with two or more dependant children. Applicants can apply under the new eligibility criteria from 26 October 2015.

You must normally have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before you apply, and be living in Scotland when you apply.

The weekly allowance is paid fortnightly and goes directly into your own bank account.

You must normally sign up to a learning agreement which states that you will go to school (or college) regularly. If your attendance falls below a certain level, you lose the allowance.

Ask your school (or college) for an EMA application form. Also visit the EMA website for more information.

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