Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is:

  • for students from low-income families, who are in full-time education after the statutory school leaving age.
  • for students attending full time and part time non-advanced college education
  • a means tested weekly allowance based on school attendance.
  • £30 per week, paid fortnightly into the student's bank account. Payments are only made when students have 100% weekly attendance.

Full details are on the EMA Scotland website.

Who can apply

Qualifying students must be:

  • over 16 on 1 March and stay on at school from August
  • from households with one dependent child and annual income under £24,421
  • or from households with more than one dependent child and annual income under £26,884

Midlothian secondary schools issue application forms in mid June to students with the relevant date of birth. Outwith this period you can ask for a form directly from the school office.

Please return completed forms, with supporting evidence, to:

EMA Section
Fairfield House
EH22 3ZG

Submission deadlines are on page 2 of the application form.

If you are leaving school to attend a Further Education College, please apply directly to the college.

If you attend a school outside Midlothian, contact the local authority where the school is located.