The Government, in its Comprehensive Spending Review announced on 20 October 2010, have indicated that the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is to be replaced by an enhanced discretionary learner support fund. Young people currently receiving the EMA will continue to receive it for the remainder of the 2010/11 academic year but will not receive it in the next academic year. The EMA scheme will close to new applicants from January 2011.
Going into further education
Education maintenance award
The student awards scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of tuition fees to students attending a full time higher education course.
The student loan scheme provides financial assistance towards the cost of living for students attending a full time higher education course. Students repay loans back once they finish their course and begin employment.
16-19 year old students in further education who meet specified criteria are entitled to subsidised transport to and from their educational establishment. Local Authorities must ensure that transport costs do not prevent students from staying on in post-16 education.