EMA: the facts for parents and carers
If your child stays in learning after 16, Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) could give them up to £30 a week to help with their costs. It won't affect a penny of any benefits you get.
Changes in academic year 2013/2014
There will be changes to EMA for all students from academic year 2013/2014. These changes will mean:
- there will no longer be £10 and £20 awards. The £30 award will remain in place
- the will be two performance related bonus awards of £100 each. One will be at the end of the first term (in January) and one at the end of the third term (in June)
- you may be eligible for the £30 award if your household has an income of £20,500 or less with one dependent child, or if your household has an income of £22,500 and there is more than one dependent child.
Helping your child get on in life
There's a world of learning choices available for your children if they are aged 16-19 and have left or are about to leave compulsory education.
Whatever they want to do, they’ll find a course to suit their ambitions - from office administration to digital media, science and technology to travel, tourism and hospitality.
They'll be able to find a way of learning that's right for them too. This might be staying in sixth form, through a college or at work. Vocational qualifications provide excellent training for work and life too.
Do you want to make sure you offer the right advice? There's lots of help available. Just call the EMA Customer Services Team on 0845 601 7646 or contact your local Jobs and Benefits Office.
How can EMA help your child?
EMA is there to help with some costs, such as books, travel or equipment which will help your child carry on learning. It is a payment of £30 a week, paid fortnightly.
This money will be paid straight into your child's bank account. To get their EMA payments, they will need to open an account if they haven't got one already.
Is your child eligible to receive EMA?
Household income threshold
|You are an independent student||£20,500|
|You are the only child in the household||£20,500|
|You have one or more brothers or sisters aged 16 or under in the household||£22,500|
|You have one or more brothers or sisters aged 20 or under in full-time education or training and eligible for child benefit in the household||£22,500|
What do you need to provide?
To complete the application form you will need to provide some extra information. You will need to send evidence of your household income for the relevant tax year. This might be a Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602) or P60.
To find out more about Tax Credits and P60s, follow the links below.
There are other criteria which qualify your child for EMA, including age, type of course and how many dependent children there are in your household. Find out if your child is eligible by clicking on the link below.
What about claiming other benefits?
The good news is that EMA doesn't affect any other benefits you may already claim. So you are still free to keep claiming child benefit, tax credits and other types of support.
Find out more
To find out more about EMA, either phone the EMA Customer Services Team on 0845 601 7646 or follow the link below.