Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment of £40 to help 16-18 year old's with the costs of further education.

EMA applications are open


You should apply online by creating an account or signing in, if you’ve already created one. It should only take around 30 minutes. Please use this link

If you cannot apply online, you’ll need to fill out a paper form instead.

There are guidance notes to help you fill in the form.

What is EMA?


Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment of £40 to help 16-18 year olds with the costs of further education. Payments are made every 2 weeks as long as you meet your school or college’s attendance, performance and behaviour requirements.

To find out more about EMA, Click here for The Little Book of EMA

Application Guidance


Please use this guidance document when completing your application.

Have Questions?

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All documentation relating to the application for a grant, bursaries or financial assistance to individual applicants, is published in Welsh and English. Applicants can be submitted in Welsh and are treated no less favourably than applications submitted in English.

If it is necessary to interview individual applicants for grants or financial assistance, interviews are available in Welsh or applicants who applied in Welsh, using simultaneous interpretation if required. If an application for a grant or financial assistance is submitted in Welsh, we inform the applicant of the outcome of our decision in Welsh.

When making a decision in relation to the award of a grant or financial assistance e consider the effects such an award or assistance would have on the opportunities for the applicants and others to use the Welsh language and ensure that our decision would neither reduce opportunities for persons to use the language nor cause adverse effects. The decision may be taken or implemented (for example, by imposing conditions) so that it would have positive effects, or increased positive effects, on opportunities for applicants to use the Welsh language.