Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

What is an education maintenance allowance?

If you're staying on at school next year or signing up to an Activity Agreement and you will be 16 before 28 February 2021, you may be eligible for EMA of £30 a week.

You can complete your application online. Please note a new application must be completed every academic year.

You can also download our guidance for more information.

EMA payments

  • paid every fortnight direct to your bank account
  • designed to encourage you to further your education after compulsory schooling ends
  • payments are dependent on your attendance at school or college
  • is not paid during school holidays or when your attendance is below 100 per cent
  • is managed by us on behalf of the Scottish Government which has ultimate responsibility for policy and guidelines and reserves the right to review the programme at any time
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