Education Maintenance Allowance

Applications for Education Maintenance Allowance for the school session beginning in August 2021 can be submitted from July 2021.

Please note that the cut-off date for processing applications for the academic year 2021/22 is 31st March 2022.  No applications will be processed after this date.

Apply online for Education Maintenance Allowance

Documents and information available on this page are intended for students attending a school in the Argyll and Bute Council area.

What is an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)?

EMA is a weekly payment of £30, paid fortnightly in arrears for eligible students who are planning to continue in post-compulsory education.  The allowance is payable fortnightly in arrears during term time.  Payments will be made direct to the student’s account.

Who will be entitled to an EMA?

If you are 16 to 19 years old, and attend a school in Argyll and Bute, and come from a low household income you may be eligible to receive financial assistance from an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

If you are 16 years of age or over before 30 September 2021 (Autumn Intake), you may be eligible for an EMA from the beginning of school term, if the application is submitted by 30 September 2021. If the application is received after this date the award will only start from the week it is received.

If you are 16 years of age between 1 October 2021 and 28 February 2022 (Winter Intake), you may be eligible for an EMA from January 2022, if the application is submitted by 28 February 2022. If the application is received after this date the award will only start from the week it is received.

The cut-off date for processing any applications for academic year 2021/22 is 31 March 2022. No applications will be processed after this date.

Financial Criteria

Household income for tax year 2020/2021

Young people from   families with more than one child in full-time education

£0 - £26,884

Young people from   families with only one child in full-time education

£0 - £24,421

More information is available from your school or from –
EMA Department
91 Alexandra Parade
Dunoon
PA23 8AJ
Tel: 01369 708483
Email: ema@argyll-bute.gov.uk