Sonali is talking about
For lots of students, EMA is the difference between staying in education and dropping out - a Guardian survey shows that 7 in 10 16-18 year olds from poor family say they'd drop out without it.
Tomorrow, the NUS will lobby Parliament as MPs vote on this massively contraversial issue. Will you be there?
over 2 years ago
I agree with both comments. Like Sonali said, EMA was pretty much a lifeline for both my sisters and myself and it paid for my food and travel costs to go to college (transports wasn't free back then!!) I'm seriously concerned that without it, my younger brother won't see the point in putting himself through a part time job just to then take a loan and spend even more money on unviersity fees (my... Read more
Hey Philip when you say the government should be more vocal about what it plans to replace EMA funding with - are there actually any plans to replace it?
Hey, to be honest I'm not too sure, I thought there was speculation that they would use at least some of the EMA money as scholarships or something that would encourage YP from low income backgrounds to stay in further education.
Hi Philip - The plan is to replace EMA with an enhanced discretionary learner support fund which will be managed by schools, colleges and training providers. The Department for Education is holding consultations with school, college and training organisation representatives to develop the arrangements but the funding is significantly less than it was for EMA. Look here for more info http://tinyurl... Read more