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.