How is an EMA calculated and paid?

If your date of birth falls between 1 March 2002 and 30 September 2005 you may be eligible for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) from the start of the academic year 2021/22. If your date of birth falls between 1 October 2005 and 28 February 2006 you may be eligible for an EMA from the start of the January term 2022.

The income thresholds for the academic year 2020/21 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.

For further information or to request an application form please 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.