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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:

To be eligible for an EMA starting in August 2017, your household income must be less than £24,421 a year for households with one dependent child or £26,884 for households with two or more dependant children.

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 GOV.UK website for more information.

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