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Higher Education: Education Maintenance Allowance

Education written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent estimate he has made of the number and proportion of students eligible for the education maintenance allowance at each (a) sixth form college, (b) college and (c) other higher education institution; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 14 December 2010

We do not make any estimate of the number or proportion of students who may be eligible, on the basis of household income, for the education maintenance allowance (EMA) at the level of individual schools or colleges. Nationally, we estimate that 679,000 young people may take-up EMA in the academic year 2010/11, and around 45% of 16 to 18-year-olds in full time further education in England currently receive EMA. Young people attending Higher Education are not eligible for EMA.

The EMA scheme will close at the end of the 2010/11 academic year and no new applications will be processed from 1 January 2011. It will be replaced, from September 2011, with an enhanced discretionary learner support fund which will be managed by schools, colleges and training providers. This will enable them to target support at those young people that they assess as having real need of it to stay in education after 16. We are working with schools, colleges, training organisations and their representatives to develop the details underpinning the new scheme.

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