Education Maintenance Allowance

Applications for Academic Session 2018/19 have now closed – information for session 2019/20 will be posted in due course.


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).