Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
If you are 16-19 years' old, in a school or college, and come from a low income household you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 per week payable during term time.
Check your eligibility
Eligibility is dependent on household income and number of dependent children. To be eligible, your family household income must be less than:
£24,421- for households with one dependant child
£26,884 - for households with two or more dependant children
You are eligible for an EMA from August 2018 if you were born between 1 March 1999 and 30 September 2002.
You are eligible for an EMA from January 2019 if you were born between 1 October 2002 and 28 February 2003.
In addition, you must adhere to the conditions of your signed learning agreement. Each academic year a new learning agreement will be agreed, and if you don't comply with it, the allowance may be taken away.
Make an application
The closing date for 2018/2019 applications is 31 March 2019.
To make your application, complete the EMA Application Form 2018/2019 (PDF) using the EMA Guidance Notes (PDF) provided. Alternatively, you can collect a form from any secondary school or Access Point.
If you are attending college or university, you should apply to your education centre. Please contact the college or university directly, for further information on EMAs.
How it is paid
Once your EMA is approved, it is paid on a fortnightly basis directly into your bank account.
Education and Social Care
The Moray Council
High Street, Elgin