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Education Maintenance Allowance

Education Maintenance Allowance

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

The EMA is a Scottish Government fund to support young people from lower income families to continue with their studies. 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 a Learning Agreement. The payment is based on attendance and on you fulfilling any learning agreement you may have.

The EMA is paid directly into your personal bank account. It can only be paid when you have achieved 100% attendance.

To find out if you are eligible, please contact us using the details below or find out more at

Payment of an EMA is restricted to a maximum of 3 years. However, if you have special educational needs you may be entitled to receive 3 years EMA support over a 4 year period.

If your family receive Income Support you are also eligible for Free School Meals. Please contact us for more details.

Apply for an EMA

You can apply online by clicking the link below:

EMA Online Application Form

Make sure you read the guidance carefully and provide all the information that is asked, including any supporting evidence.

Please Note: You will need to complete the application with your parent/carer present as some of the questions relate to their circumstances, and they need to sign the declaration.

If you are having any problems or need help contact the team on 01259 452437.

Data Protection Act

NB: All information, whether held by the school or by Clackmannanshire Council is protected by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For Further Information Contact

Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452428 / 450000