Payments will only be made for the weeks where the attendance requirements have been met.
EMA is a fortnightly payment, paid directly into the young person's bank account.
You can track the progress of your application on the Student Hub.
Education Maintenance Allowance or EMA If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA.
If you have not been able to complete your funding application before the start of your course, you must ensure you do so within six weeks of the start date to ensure that your payments are backdated to the start.
Otherwise your payments will only be backdated to the date you provided the final correct evidence needed to process your application.
One of the ways we can support learners and their families with this is through applications for EMA. ▪ This is an allowance of up to £30.00 per week (paid fortnightly for students aged 16 and continuing their education).
▪ To be credited with EMA you must attend all lessons, study sessions and Tf L sessions and sign an EMA learning agreement with the school.
If you're not a UK citizen you may still be able to receive EMA, go to for more information.
Application forms can be collected from the College or downloaded from NI Direct website To be eligible for payments backdated to the start of the academic year you must have applied to EMA by 30 September 2017.
Payments are made every 2 weeks and are dependent upon students having 100% attendance (including authorised absences) at all of their timetabled classes each week.
The following eligibility criteria must be met: Students must have their 16th,17th, 18th, or 19th birthday on or between 2 July 2016 and 1 July 2017 and be starting or continuing in further education from September 2017.