Money for staying on at school

Get your Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

You could get a weekly allowance of £30 per week if you attend a school or you are on an activity agreement in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

Find out if you match the conditions for an EMA on the EMA Scotland website.  

If you are eligible, you can apply with us.

College students should contact their college to apply if they are eligible for an EMA.


Download EMA application documents (PDFs)

Read the guidance notes first as these will help you complete the form correctly.

Return the form by post or email to

Scan and send your supporting evidence by email or send it to us by post.

You can ask for a paper copy of the form at your high school.

Payment dates

Download EMA payment schedules (PDFs)

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