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If you're 16 to 19 years old you could get £30 a week to help you continue learning, through the Education Maintenance Allowance programme.
And applying is now easier than ever as a new online application process has gone live.
Councillor Helen Lewis, Spokesperson for Partnership & Third Sector said: “The EMA supports young people from lower income families to continue with their studies. I’m pleased that we’ve made the process for applying to this fund simpler and quicker. This move fits with the Digital Strategy we agreed earlier this year, which aims to provide improved services to customers, available at a time and in ways convenient to them. Customers should look out for more improvements in the near future.”
The new online process means applicants no longer have to complete paper forms or attend appointments to provide original supporting documents.
Pupils need to register for a user account before they start entering their information. This will allow them to save their application and return to it later to submit it. The pupil will also be able to take a photo of the required evidence and upload it as part of the application process.
All information loaded will be held securely, in line with GDPR. If applicants still require an appointment to complete the online form, they should contact the Council to discuss.
The online EMA application form can be accessed via the Council website. Eligibility for applying for EMA remains the same.
Pupils will still be required to complete their Learning Agreement in association with their school/learning centre.
If you require any additional information about the EMA online form, please contact Education Services on: firstname.lastname@example.org call 01259 450000.