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Data includes information by learning centre type, gender and value of EMA awarded for September 2022 to August 2023.

EMA is a weekly allowance linked to satisfactory attendance, paid fortnightly to eligible students aged 16 to 18.

The data, based on applications received by 31 August 2023, are correct as at 5 October 2023.

Main points

  • The number of both applications and approvals has shown a downward trend since 2010/11.
  • In 2022/23, 15,545 (88%) of applications received were approved, 1,470 (8%) were rejected and 720 (4%) were incomplete.
  • Of the approved applications, 8,155 (52%) were from first year claimants.


Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) awarded in Wales: September 2022 to August 2023 , file type: PDF, file size: 859 KB

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