Education Maintenance Allowances

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 per week (not paid during school holidays), which can be paid directly to eligible young people who stay on at school, attend further education, or take part in Activity Agreements after they reach the statutory leaving age of 16.

Who is eligible for an EMA?

Eligibility for school session 2015/16 is dependent on household income during the tax year April 2014 - March 2015, and on whether there is more than one child in full time education. 
 Household income No. of dependent children in household Award
 £0 - £20,351 1  £30
 £0 - £22,403 2+  £30

Applications for Education Maintenance Allowances

The closing date for 2015/2016 EMA Applications is 31 March 2016.

EMAs will be available starting from August 2015 to pupils who were born between 1 March 1996 and 30 September 1999.

EMAs will be available starting from January 2016 to pupils who were born between 1 October 1999 and 29 February 2000.

Application forms are available at every Secondary School, and at The Moray Council Access Points. You can download the application form and guidance notes below.  Please read the guidance notes first as these will help you complete the form correctly.

EMA Application Form (PDF)

EMA Guidance Notes (PDF)

More information on EMAs can be found at EMA Scotland

Please note that students at further education colleges should contact the college directly for an EMA Application form.

See this link for Activity Agreement EMAs.


EMA is a fortnightly payment, paid directly into the young person's bank account.

Payments are made following 100% attendance at Moray schools.  Pupils must agree and adhere to Learning Agreements.  

Contact Us

Education and Social Care
The Moray Council
Council Office
High Street, Elgin
IV30 1BX

01343 563338


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