Applying for or renewing an EMA
Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) provide financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.
If you're eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), you must complete the following every academic year:
- an EMA application form
- a learning agreement
Renewals require a new application form and the learning agreement to be completed each year.
The college, education centre or school you attend will be able to give you an application form and help to complete it.
Apply or renew now
Your application should be made through your school or college, depending on where you're learning:
If you're studying at school
You can apply or renew via your local council:
If you're studying at college
How long does the process take?
It depends if your form has been completed properly and the date on which you apply. Your local council or college bursary office will be able to update you on your application progress.