National Statistics

Education Maintenance Allowances awarded in Wales: May 2015

Data includes information by learning centre type, gender and value of EMA awarded.



The Education Maintenance Allowances Wales scheme was introduced for 16 year olds for the first time in 2004/05. In 2005/06, the scheme was extended to include 16 and 17 year olds and, in 2006/07, 18 year olds. The scheme is designed to provide an incentive for students from lower-income families to continue and remain in full-time education. It is a weekly allowance linked to satisfactory attendance, for eligible students attending learning centres in Wales.