Education Maintenance Allowance

How to apply for EMA

EMA for 2021-22 are now available to apply for online or you can download an application form and email it to [email protected]

Please note a new application must be completed every academic year.

Failure to provide the necessary documents will delay payment of your EMA.

Cut off dates

  • the start date of EMA payments is dependent on the date of your sixteenth birthday. If you are 16 on or before 30 September 2021 and we receive your application before 30 September 2021 we will pay your EMA from August 2021
  • if you are 16 between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022 and we receive your application before 28 February 2022 we will pay your EMA from January 2022
  • applications received after the dates shown above will not be backdated. EMA will be paid from the start of the week in which we receive your application
  • please note that the final date for all completed education maintenance allowance application forms is 31 March 2022. No application will be accepted or processed after this date

Further information

If you have any questions about the provision of EMA in the Scottish Borders, contact the team below. Please include your name in all communications to us.

Please note we only deal with applications for pupils attending a Borders school. For any other queries, email [email protected]

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