Financial support may be available to young people to enable them to stay on at school or access further education and training.
From September 2012, the Education Maintenance Allowance in England was replaced by a new bursary scheme aimed at the most vulnerable 16-19 year-old students. This is distributed in two ways:
Students aged 16, 17 or 18 who are studying in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales may still be eligible for EMA.
Young people who are in further education, training or in a job that does not provide further training may be able to receive financial support to learn. This can include help with travel costs and childcare costs.
Additional financial help may also be available to young people wishing to study full or part-time at college or university. This is usually in the form of a loan, but some grants and bursaries may also be available.
Students who are having financial difficulties should contact their local student welfare office in the first instance. It may be able to signpost to possible additional sources of funding and provide advice and assistance.
If students are facing academic sanctions from their college or university in order to recover non-academic debt such as rent arrears, they should contact the NUS for further advice.