Education Maintenance Allowance

Please note the cut-off date for receiving application forms from school students for the academic year 2017/2018 is 31 March 2018.  No applications will be accepted after this date.

What is an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 which may be available to full time pupils receiving school education who achieve 100% attendance per week or young people who take part in Activity Agreements after they reach the statutory school leaving age of 16.

It can be paid for a maximum of 3 years (4 years for vulnerable young people who may need additional time to further their potential).

Eligibility for EMA

In the academic session 2017/2018, your date of birth must fall on or between 1 March 1998 and 28 February 2002.

EMA awards will be payable according to the total taxable income of your household. The income threshold is £24,421 for one dependent child and £26,884 for households with two or more dependent children.

Payments will only be made for the weeks where the attendance requirements have been met.

EMA is a fortnightly payment, paid directly into the young person's bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you will be required to open one.

How do I apply for an EMA?

Application Forms may be obtained from:

  • The office of any Perth & Kinross secondary school
  • Downloading from this webpage
  • Perth & Kinross Reception (Pullar House)

If you have any queries, or would like to discuss your individual circumstances, please contact the EMA team on 01738 476234 or 476245.

Contact details

EMA Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476234 or 476245