Education Maintenance Allowance

Please note that the cut-off date for processing application forms for academic year 2017/2018 is 31 March 2018.  No applications will be processed after this date.

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

Download an EMA application form for 2017/18

Request an EMA application form for 2017/18 to be sent to you

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 2017 (Autumn Intake), you may be eligible for an EMA from the beginning of school term, if the application is submitted by 30 September 2017. 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 2017 and 28 February 2018 (Winter Intake), you may be eligible for an EMA from January 2018, if the application is submitted by 28 February 2018. 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 2017/18 is 31 March 2018. No applications will be processed after this date.

Financial Criteria

Household income for tax year 2016/2017

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

 

Application forms can be obtained from your school, local Service Point or you can request a form to be sent to you.

More information is available from your school or from –
EMA Department
91 Alexandra Parade
Dunoon
PA23 8AJ
Tel: 01369 708548
Email: ema@argyll-bute.gov.uk

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