Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Applications are now open for 2020/21.

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

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.

How to apply

Download and complete EMA application form (PDF)

Download and read EMA application guidance (PDF)

Email completed form with scanned/screenshot evidence to:

Advice for mobile / tablet users

Please use Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download from your app store) to open the form which should allow you to complete and save it ready to email.

Submission deadlines

  • 30 September 2020: final date for applications to be in for August intake to be eligible for back payment to the beginning of term
  • 28 February 2021: final date for applications to be in for January intake to be eligible for back payment to the beginning of term
  • 31 March 2021: closing date for all applications for the academic year 2020/21
     
  • View EMA payment schedule (PDF)