The Mayor's Education Award
The Mayor’s Education Award (MEA) will be running for a fourth
year, to help students stay in education after their GCSEs.
The award was introduced to support young, further education
students after the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme was
scrapped by the coalition government. With the Mayor’s Education
Award, you could receive £400 a year to help towards the costs of
studying, for example, whether you need books, a travel card or
money to pay for field trips.
If you are attending all your lessons, you will be paid two
installments of £200 (the first payments will be issued between
February to March 2015 and the second payments will be issued
between April to May 2015) and because it is a grant, you don’t
need to pay any of it back.
To receive the Mayor’s Education Award, you need to:
- complete a claim for this year 2014/15
- be 16 to 19 years old on September 1, 2014
- have been living in Tower Hamlets for at least three years
- be attending school or college come from a family with a
household income of less than around £20,817
- apply for an award as soon as possible - an application must be
received within three months from your date of enrolment and must
be made before the end of the course year.
Students enrolling in schools or colleges after this date must
apply within three months from the date of enrolment and must apply
before August 31, 2015.
Payments are made after you have attended a term of
sixth form, demonstrating your commitment to your
If however, you enroll mid-term, you
can still apply up to
three months after your enrolment date.
For more information, students should read our frequently
asked questions (PDF, 203kb) or call the
council's benefits team on 020 7364 5001.