East Lothian Council

Education Maintenance Allowance

How is an EMA calculated and paid?

Students born between 1 March 1997 and 30 September 2000 will soon be receiving their application forms directly to their home address in advance of the new academic year.

If your date of birth falls between 1 March 1997 and 30 September 2000 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the academic year 2016/2017. If your date of birth falls between 1 October 2000 and 28 February 2001 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2017. 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 2016/2017 are as follows:

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

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

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

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.

Eligible students whose 16th birthday falls between 1 October 2016 and 28 February 2017 will only be entitled to payments from the commencement of the Spring Term in January 2017. 

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.