Will my child’s EMA Bonus Payment be affected by COVID-19?

No. Those students who sign Part 2 of their EMA Learning Agreement by 21st December 2020 will be eligible for consideration for the January Bonus, whilst those who sign Part 2 after 21st December will not.

The actual release of the January Bonus Payment will, however, continue to be dependent on the student meeting the terms of Part 2 of their EMA Learning Agreement.

Will COVID-19 affect my child’s EMA payment being backdated to the start of term?

For academic year 2020/21 the period for applicants to be considered for backdated EMA is being extended.

Usually, if students submit their EMA application to the Student Loans Company before 30th September, they will have their weekly allowance payments backdated to the beginning of term. However, for the academic year 2020/21, students who submit their application before the 3rd December 2020 will have their weekly allowance backdated to the beginning of term.

Any applications which are submitted after 3rd December 2020 will only be backdated to the date that it was received by the Student Loans Company.

Please note that the EMA application packs for academic year 2020/21 were printed prior to the impact of COVID-19, and therefore some printed EMA forms refer to 30th September to qualify for backdated weekly allowance payments.

My child did not receive their EMA payment as the school did not confirm their attendance; will they be entitled to a back payment?

Yes –  students will receive a back payment of any EMA support owed to them once the situation has been rectified. You should contact the school or college directly to ensure that they have provided the correct information to the EA to ensure reinstatement of payments and back payment.

My child received EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) prior to school closures; will they still receive this?

Yes, EMA weekly allowance and Bonus payments will continue to be payable to students for the remainder of the academic year, or earlier should the schools and colleges reopen before then.