East Lothian Council

Education Maintenance Allowance

How is an EMA calculated and paid?

Students born between 1 March 1998 and 30 September 2001 will be due to receive their application forms directly to their home address in advance of the new academic year, during the summer break.

If your date of birth falls between 1 March 1998 and 30 September 2001 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the academic year 2017/2018. If your date of birth falls between 1 October 2001 and 28 February 2002 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2018. Those students that fall into this category will receive an application form to their home address in December.

The income thresholds for the academic year 2017/2018 are as follows:

 Income  No. of dependent children in household  Award (weekly)
 £0-£24,421  1  £30
 £0-£26,884  2+  £30

*Dependent children are all those up to the age of 16 and those over the age of 16 and up to the age of 25 if they are in full time further education or higher education.

Download an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Application Form and Guidance Notes.

For further information or to request an application form please phone 01620 827581 or 01620 827835, or email emas@eastlothian.gov.uk.

How is an EMA paid?

EMAs are paid directly into the student's bank account; no other account will be accepted.

The account must accept BACS payments; please check with your bank if you are unsure about this.

When is an EMA paid?

Payment will normally be made fortnightly, two weeks in arrears. A timetable will be issued to the student on receipt of a signed Learning Agreement. The timetable for school students in receipt of EMA can be found here.

Eligible students whose 16th birthday falls between 1 October 2017 and 28 February 2018 will only be entitled to payments from the commencement of the Spring Term in January 2018.

Education and Children's Services, John Muir House, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827562

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.