Apply for or renew an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
Last updated: 31 March 2020

Applying for or renewing 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) may stop you meeting your agreed attendance requirements if:

  • you are self-isolating
  • you have the virus
  • your learning institution closes

If you are absent for any of these reasons, you will still continue to get your EMA payments.

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 with your local council:

If you're studying at college

You can apply or renew with your 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.