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 2016/17 is dependent on household income during the tax year April 2015 - March 2016, and on the number of dependent children.
Income No. of dependent children in household Award
£0 - £24,421 1  £30
£0 - £26,884 2+  £30

Applications for Education Maintenance Allowances

The closing date for 2016/2017 EMA Applications is 31 March 2017.

EMAs will be available starting from August 2016 to pupils who were born between 1 March 1997 and 30 September 2000.

EMAs will be available starting from January 2017 to pupils who were born between 1 October 2000 and 28 February 2001.

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 2016-17 (PDF)

EMA Guidance Notes 2016-17 (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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