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Education Maintenance Allowance

Born on or between 01/03/2001 and 28/02/2005

Please note: Only young people on 16+ activity agreements can still apply for academic year 2020/2021.  Applications for school students for academic year 2020/2021 have now closed. 

For academic year 2021/2022 we are currently working on the application and this will be made available in due course.  Updates will be provided through councils social media channels.

Apply online (Activity Agreements only can apply)

Apply for EMA for academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 - July 2021)

Please note applications for schools and home educated students have now closed as of 31 March 2021.  Applications for the academic year 2021/2022 are not yet available.

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 may be available to 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

  • Attending school full time
  • Taking part in a learning agreement/action plan (known as an activity agreement) if you have left school and are engaging with a Next Step Coach at a base.
  • In the academic session 2020/21, your date of birth must fall on or between 1 March 2001 and 28 February 2005.

For a full award 

If the young person is 16 on or before 30 September 2020, they may be eligible for an EMA from August 2020. If the application is received after 30 September 2020 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 2020 and 28 February 2021, they can submit their application prior to their 16th birthday, however if their application is successful they will not receive payment until January 2021. If the application is received after 28 February 2021 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.

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. 

Contact details

EMA Team

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