Education Maintenance Allowances: 2017-18

Statistics on Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) recipients and payments made in 2017-2018.

Education Maintenance Allowances 2017-18

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) provides financial support for young people aged 16 to 19 years from low-income households to overcome financial barriers to participate in school or college courses, or in an activity agreement. It is also available to those who are home educated.

The programme aims to increase participation and retention in post-compulsory education.

Summary of EMA recipients

EMA recipients as proportion of total students

EMA by gender

EMA by age

EMA by deprived area

Total and average EMA spend



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