Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) provide financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.
you're eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), you must complete the following every academic year:
an EMA application form
a learning agreement
Renewals require a new application form and the learning agreement to be completed each year.
The college, education centre or school you attend will be able to give you an application form and help to complete it.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) may stop you meeting your agreed attendance requirements if:
you are self-isolating
you have the virus
your learning institution closes
If you are absent for any of these reasons, you will still continue to get your EMA payments.
Apply or renew now
Your application should be made through your school or college, depending on where you're learning:
If you're studying at school
You can apply or renew with your local council:
Apply for or renew your EMA Choose your local council Aberdeen City Council Aberdeenshire Council Angus Council Argyll and Bute Council Clackmannanshire Council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Dumfries & Galloway Council Dundee Council East Ayrshire Council East Dunbartonshire Council East Lothian Council East Renfrewshire Council Edinburgh Council Falkirk Council Fife Council Glasgow City Council Highland Council Inverclyde Council Midlothian Council Moray Council North Ayrshire Council North Lanarkshire Council Orkney Islands Council Perth & Kinross Council Renfrewshire Council Scottish Borders Council Shetland Islands Council South Ayrshire Council South Lanarkshire Council Stirling Council West Dunbartonshire Council West Lothian Council If you're studying at college
You can apply or renew with your college:
Apply for or renew your EMA Choose your college Argyll College UHI Ayrshire College Borders College City of Glasgow College Dumfries & Galloway College Dundee and Angus College Edinburgh College Fife College Forth Valley College Glasgow Clyde College Glasgow Kelvin College Inverness College UHI Lews Castle College UHI Moray College UHI Newbattle Abbey College New College Lanarkshire North East Scotland College North Highland College UHI Orkney College UHI Perth College UHI Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI Scotland's Rural College Shetland College UHI South Lanarkshire College West Highland College UHI West Lothian College How long does the process take?
It depends if your form has been completed properly and the date on which you apply. Your local council or college bursary office will be able to update you on your application progress.