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Appeal an unsuccessful application

If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal the decision.

Appeals must be written and made directly to the local council or college you applied to.

Contact your local council or college within one month of receiving your unsuccessful application.

Each local council or college has a different appeal process. Choose your local council or college from the menus below to be taken to their page and find out more about their appeal process.

If you're studying at school or in home education

Contact your local council's EMA team to appeal an unsuccessful application:

Visit Aberdeen City Council Visit Aberdeenshire Council Visit Angus Council Visit Argyll and Bute Council Visit Clackmannanshire Council Visit Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Visit Dumfries & Galloway Council Visit Dundee Council Visit East Ayrshire Council Visit East Dunbartonshire Council Visit East Lothian Council Visit East Renfrewshire Council Visit Edinburgh Council Visit Falkirk Council Visit Fife Council Visit Glasgow City Council Visit Highland Council Visit Inverclyde Council Visit Midlothian Council Visit Moray Council Visit North Ayrshire Council Visit North Lanarkshire Council Visit Orkney Islands Council Visit Perth & Kinross Council Visit Renfrewshire Council Visit Scottish Borders Council Visit Shetland Islands Council Visit South Ayrshire Council Visit South Lanarkshire Council Visit Stirling Council Visit West Dunbartonshire Council Visit West Lothian Council

If you're studying at college

Contact your college's EMA team to appeal an unsuccessful application:

Visit Argyll College UHI Visit Ayrshire College Visit Borders College Visit City of Glasgow College Visit Dumfries & Galloway College Visit Dundee and Angus College Visit Edinburgh College Visit Fife College Visit Forth Valley College Visit Glasgow Clyde College Visit Glasgow Kelvin College Visit Inverness College UHI Visit Lews Castle College UHI Visit Moray College UHI Visit Newbattle Abbey College Visit New College Lanarkshire Visit North East Scotland College Visit North Highland College UHI Visit Orkney College UHI Visit Perth College UHI Visit Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Visit Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI Visit Scotland's Rural College Visit Shetland College UHI Visit South Lanarkshire College Visit West Highland College UHI Visit West Lothian College

EMA Programme

If you have any questions about how the EMA programme operates, you can contact the Scottish Government EMA team:


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