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Education Maintenance Allowance

Born on or between 01/03/2002 and 28/02/2006

Apply for EMA for academic year 2021/22 (August 2021 - July 2022)

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.

What is an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 which is paid on a 2-weekly basis in arrears. Payments are made directly into the young person's bank account, if you do not have a bank account you will be required to open one. EMA may be available to young people who are in full time education or take part in Learning Agreements after they reach the statutory school leaving age of 16.

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

If you are an independent young person (i.e. receiving education while living in a foster home or children's home and are in the care/have previously been in the care of the local authority, or are living independently in receipt of Income Support or Contributions-Based Employment Support and Allowance), you are eligible for an EMA award without having to provide evidence of household income.

Eligibility for EMA

  • Have 100% attendance of your agreed timetable
  • Taking part in a learning agreement if you have left school and are engaging with a Next Step Coach at a base
  • In the academic session 2021/22, your date of birth must fall on or between 1 March 2002 and 28 February 2006

For a full award 

If the young person is 16 on or before 30 September 2021, they may be eligible for an EMA from August 2021. If the application is received after 30 September 2021 the award will commence from the date of receipt of the application.

For a part award 

If the young person is 16 on or between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022, they can submit their application prior to their 16th birthday, however if their application is successful, they will not receive payment until January 2022. If the application is received after 28 February 2022 the award will commence from the date of receipt of the application.

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

For College students, EMA information and application forms will be available direct from the college.  Perth and Kinross Council only deals with EMAs for students staying on at school or have a Next Step Coach and are attending a base.

Contact details

EMA Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476234 or 476276