Education Maintenance Allowance

Am I eligible for EMA?

You can claim EMA if you:

  • have lived in the United Kingdom for three years prior to the EMA qualifying date and are resident in Scotland on that date. Other residency rules also apply
  • are 16 years old or over before 30 September 2021, you may be eligible from the beginning of the school term in August 2021 or are 16 years old between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022, you may eligible from 10 January 2022
  • live in the Scottish Borders Authority and attend:
    • secondary school
    • home educated
    • non advance course at a college in a neighbouring authority that is not in Scotland and does not attract any other form of public or employer bursary
    • activity agreement
  • attend school or a non-advance course at college or are Home Educated for 100% of your agreed timetabled hours including study periods as stated on your learning agreement. For activity agreements you must participate fully in your agreed activity each week
  • household income for the tax year ended 5 April 2021 is less than:
    • £24,421 if there is one child in education
    • £26,884 if there are two or more children in education
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