Education Maintenance Allowance

If you’re 16 to 19 years old you could get £30 a week to help you continue learning, through the Educational Maintenance Allowance programme.

The EMA is a Scottish Government fund to support young people from lower income families to continue with their studies. Around 33,000 students in Scotland receive the allowance.

If you want to find out if you’re eligible for the allowance then speak to Mr Thompson about how you get an application form. Or find out more at

You could be eligible if your family earns up to £24,421 a year – or £26,884 if you have siblings – depending on the course you’re studying or if you are on an Activity Agreement. The payment is based on attendance and on you fulfilling any learning agreement you may have.