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Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

The education maintenance allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment of £30 to help support a student in education beyond the school leaving age of 16.

How much is EMA?

£30 a week.

Do you qualify for EMA?

You qualify for an EMA for the 2019/20 school year if:

  • your birthday is between 1 March 2000 and 29 February 2004
  • you go to an East Renfrewshire school
  • you study involves at least 21 hours of guided learning a week
  • you sign a learning agreement with your school
  • your household income is within the agreed government levels
Household income levels
IncomeDependent childrenEMA amount per child
0 - £24,4211£30
0 - £26,8842+£30

How to apply

pdf icon Download application form [165kb]

pdf icon Download guidance notes [96kb]

You can also get an application from your school.

Closing date

You cannot apply after 31 March.

If you're 16 up to 30 September

If you apply before 30 September 2019 we'll backdate EMA to the start of the school year. If you apply after the 30 September 2019 your EMA will be paid from the date your application was received.

If you're 16 after 1 October

If you apply before 29 February 2020 we'll backdate EMA to the start of that term - (January), If you apply after the 29 February 2020 your EMA will be paid from the date your application was received.

After you apply

We'll write to you to confirm your application.

This letter will tell you how long we'll take to deal with your application.

How we pay you EMA

We pay EMA every 2 weeks. This is usually on a Friday.

We pay it into your bank account. We cannot pay in into anyone else's bank account.

We don't pay EMA during these school holidays:

  • Christmas
  • Spring term
  • October Week

Why we may stop EMA payments if:

  • your attendance falls below 100% in any one week
  • your late
  • you don't meet conditions of the learning agreement



Phone: 0141 577 3760

Related information

pdf icon EMA policy document [109kb]

Scottish Government: Education Maintenance Allowance

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