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Education maintenance allowance

If you decide to stay on at school from August 2021, 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 2021.

Please note that there will be no bonuses payable for session 2021/22.

Payments will be made directly into your bank account.

Eligibility

You could receive EMA if:

  • you were born between 1 March 2002 and 28 February 2006
  • 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:

  • attendance
  • coursework
  • progress

When you need to apply

Autumn intake

If your date of birth falls between 1 March 2002 and 30 September 2005 you may be eligible for an EMA form the start of the academic year 2021/22.  If you are eligible for an EMA your application form must be submitted by 30 September 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.

Winter intake

If your date of birth falls between 1 October 2005 and 28 February 2006 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2022.  If you are eligible for an EMA your application must be submitted by 28 February 2022. 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 2021/22 the cut-off date for processing application forms is 31 March 2022. No applications will be processed after this date.

How to apply

For further information please email  the EMA team at ema@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or visit mygov.scot/ema

*NB East Ayrshire Council will accept no liability for any loss or damage to personal documents*

Contact Information

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Education Service
Education Maintenance Allowance Section
Civic Centre South
KILMARNOCK
KA1 1HW
Telephone: 01563 553934
Telephone: 01563 553932