Payments buy precious learning time
"The EMA stops many from having to get part-time jobs, which very much affects young people's education." said the 17-year-old who is studying AS-Levels in media studies, English literature, history, and psychology.
"It is a huge incentive for young people to stay in education,"
"While I still would have gone to college without EMA, it would have been a struggle and my studies would have suffered. I think for some people, EMA is the incentive that makes them stay in education."
Scott Walters, 16, is taking an NVQ Level 2 Sports Leisure course at South Nottingham College. "Without EMA I would have definitely needed a part-time job, which would have affected my work," he said.
"The initial EMA payment allowed me to cover my course costs, such as kit and books. Without this payment I don't know where I would have found the money."
"My EMA pays for costs of college materials and transport, but also leaves me some to pay for a gym membership and driving lessons, which I see as a reward for working hard."