YOUNG people are being reminded to apply for extra cash before it's too late.
Up to £120 is up for grabs to students who apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance before September 30.
The weekly cash incentive - to encourage young people to continue with their education after 16 - is available to those studying for at least 12 hours a week.
Eligible students who apply before the end of the month will have their weekly payments backdated to the beginning of September.
After the deadline, payments will start only from when the application is received.
Trevor Fellowes, director of learner support at the Learning and Skills Council, said: "There could be many reasons why young people have not filled in their application forms, but we are urging them to send them back to us by the September 30 deadline.
"We are extremely pleased that more than a quarter of a million students have already signed up to the scheme this year, many of whom wouldn't have had the means to continue in education or training after their GCSEs."
Young people from households with incomes up to £30,000 are eligible to apply.
They can receive payments of £10, £20 or £30 a week paid directly into their bank accounts in return for regular attendance on their courses.
The orange application forms can be picked up from schools, colleges and Connexions centre.
Call 080 810 16219 or log on to www.direct.gov.uk.ema.