If you decide to stay on at school or go to college from August 2017, 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 2017.
Please note that there will be no bonuses payable for session 2017/18.
Payments will be made directly into your bank account.
You could receive EMA if:
you were born between 1 March 1998 and 28 February 2002
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 you are eligible to receive EMA from August 2017, you must submit your application by 30 September 2017. Otherwise payments will only be made from the date the application was received.
If you are eligible to receive EMA from January 2018, you must submit your application by 28 February 2018. Otherwise payments will only be made from the date the application was received.
For session 2017/18 the cut-off date for processing application forms is 31 March 2018.
How to apply
You can download an application form and/or guidance notes by clicking the link, or by using the contact information below. If you attend college you should contact the college bursary office.
For further information please telephone the EMA section on 01563 553934, or visit mygov.scot/ema.