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What EMA is

Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) give financial support to eligible 16 to 19 year olds who want to continue learning.

If you're eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), you need to complete the following every academic year:

  • an EMA application form
  • a learning agreement

How much is it

EMA is a weekly payment of £30, paid every 2 weeks in arrears.

If you qualify, you need to apply direct to your school or college.

EMA Programme


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

The EMA team cannot help with queries about your EMA application or award. For these queries you need to contact your local council EMA team. 


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