Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance

The Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance (THEMA) will be running for a sixth year, to help students stay in education after their GCSEs.

The award was introduced to support young, further education students after the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scheme was scrapped by the coalition government. With the Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance, 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 instalments of £200 (the first payments will be issued between February to March 2018 and the second payments will be issued between April to May 2019) and because it is a grant, you don’t need to pay any of it back.

To receive the Tower Hamlets Educational Maintenance Allowance, you need to:

  • complete a claim for this year 2018/9
  • be 16 to 19 years old on 1 September 2018 and under 19 on 21 August 2019
  • 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 31 December, 2018.

Payments are made after you have attended a term of sixth form, demonstrating your commitment to your course.

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 or call the council's benefits team on 020 7364 5001.