If you decide to stay on at school from August 2020, you may be able to get an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
You may also be eligible for EMA if you are on an Activity Agreement placement.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
EMA is a weekly payment of £30 for students who are planning to continue in post-compulsory education from August 2020.
Please note that there will be no bonuses payable for session 2020/21.
Payments will be made directly into your bank account.
You could receive EMA if:
you were born between 1 March 2001 and 28 February 2005
your household income is £24421 or below (for households with one dependent child)
your household income is £26884 or below (for households with two or more dependent children)
you are on a non-advanced further education course at school or FE college
What you need to do
You must attend all your course sessions and sign an EMA Learning Agreement with your school or college. This agreement will set out what is expected of you in terms of:
When you need to apply
If your date of birth falls between 1 March 2001 and 30 September 2004 you may be eligible for an EMA form the start of the academic year 2020/21. If you are eligible for an EMA your application form must be submitted by 30 September 2020. If the application is received after this date the award will only be paid from the date the application is received by the EMA Section.
If your date of birth falls between 1 October 2004 and 28 February 2005 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2021. If you are eligible for an EMA your application must be submitted by 28 February 2021. If the application is received after this date the award will only be paid from the date the application is received by the EMA Section.
For session 2020/21 the cut-off date for processing application forms is 31 March 2021. No applications will be processed after this date.
How to apply
Download an application form . If you attend college you should contact the college bursary office.
For further information please telephone the EMA section or visit mygov.scot/ema.
*NB East Ayrshire Council will accept no liability for any loss or damage to personal documents*