Education Maintenance Allowance

Academic year 2019/2020 application form is now available below.

Please note the cut-off date for receiving application forms from school students for 2019/2020 is 31 March 2020.

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

In the academic session 2019/20, your date of birth must fall on or between 1 March 2000 and 29 February 2004.

For a full award 

If the young person is 16 on or before 30 September 2019, they may be eligible for an EMA from August 2019. If the application is received after 30 September 2019 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 2019 and 29 February 2020, they can submit their application prior to their 16th birthday, however if their application is successful they will not receive payment until January 2020. If the application is received after 29 February 2020 the award will commence from the date of receipt of the application.

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 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. 

Apply online

Schools and activity agreements

Born on or between 01/03/2000 and 29/02/2004

Apply for EMA for academic year 2019/20

Activity agreements only

Born on or between 01/03/1999 and 28/02/2003

Apply for EMA for academic year 2018/19

Contact details

EMA Team

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