How and when you should apply

The following information is for young people who are continuing in post-compulsory education.

If you are taking part in an Activity Agreement with East Lothian Works, for further information see their Activity Agreement page.

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Application Form and Guidance Notes

A new application form has to be completed every academic year. An EMA Guidance Notes booklet has been produced to assist with completing the form.

If you are eligible to apply for an EMA and enrolled at an East Lothian school, we will contact you when the new application form is available.

For students who may be eligible for the EMA from January 2019, you will receive an application form direct to your home address by the end of December 2018.

If you have not received a form but think you are eligible to apply, download

EMA Application Form and Guidance Notes

You can also contact the Education Business Unit:

Resources and People Services - Education Business Unit
East Lothian Council
John Muir House
EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01620 827581


Please note that a first class stamp may not be sufficient postage when sending in your completed application form; please check that you have added the right amount of postage before sending your form.

You must complete an East Lothian Council Application Form. Other EMA application forms are not accepted.

Late Applications

Applications are processed on a 'first come, first served' basis. While payments may be delayed until later in the school year, approved applications will be backdated to the start of the term if they are received by 30 September 2018 (for those eligible for the full year award) or by 28 February 2019 (for those eligible from January 2019).

If the application is received after the deadline, the award will only be made from the week it is received, provided that the attendance criteria have been met.

The cut-off date for processing applications for academic year 2018/2019 is 31 March 2019. No applications will be processed after this date.

Enquiring About Your Application

Individual enquiries cause delay in processing awards; if possible, you should avoid contacting the Education Business Unit about the progress of your application.

However, if you have not received your original documentation back from us within two weeks of submitting your application, please contact us to confirm we have received your application.