Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
If you are 16-19 years' old, and attending school or college, you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 per week payable to eligible young people who stay on in full-time education after their 16th birthday or participate in an Activity Agreement.
Check your eligibility
Eligibility is dependent on household income and the number of dependent children. To be eligible, your family household income must be less than:
£24,421- for households with one dependent child
£26,884 - for households with two or more dependent children
Your parent/carer should read our information document (PDF) to find out how household income is assessed. If your parent/carer does not currently claim Free School Meals and a Clothing Grant, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction them they will need to complete a benefits claim form.
Terms and Conditions
You must complete and adhere to the terms and conditions of a Learning Agreement - a contract with your school or college. This agreement will set out what is expected of you in terms of attendance, coursework and progress, and if you don't comply with it, the allowance may be taken away.
Make an application for EMA
If you were born between 1 March 2003 and 30 September 2006 you may be eligible for an EMA from August 2022. Applications will be accepted from 30 June 2022.
If you were born between 1 October 2006 and 28 February 2007 you may be eligible for an EMA from January 2023. Applications will be accepted from 1 October 2022.
The closing date for 2022/2023 EMA applications is 31 March 2023. You can apply online for an EMA or alternatively, print and complete the EMA Application Form 2022/2023 (PDF) the EMA Guidance Notes provided. If you do not have access to a printer, you can collect a form from any secondary school or Access Point (addresses are listed below).
If you are attending college you may also be eligible for EMA but you should contact the college directly for further information on their EMA application procedure
How is EMA paid
Once your EMA is approved, it is paid on a fortnightly basis directly into your bank account. If you do not have a bank account, you will be required to open one.
If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01343 563456.
Post your completed application form to The Revenues Section, Moray Council, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX
You can also hand deliver your application to any of the following offices:-
- BUCKIE - 13 Cluny Square, Buckie, AB56 1AJ
- ELGIN - Council Office, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX
- FORRES - Forres Library, Forres House, High Street, Forres, IV36 1BU
- KEITH - The Resource Centre, 26 Mid Street, AB55 5AH
The Revenues Section
The Moray Council
High Street, Elgin