Apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Get money for staying in education

Young people aged 16-19 could get a weekly allowance of £30 per week if you are

  • at school
  • getting home education
  • on a NOLB activity agreement

in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

First, check that you match the conditions for an EMA on

If you are on a NOLB activity agreement, we will consider your application from the date you started your activity.

One application is required per school year.

Apply for EMA

The award

If you are eligible for an EMA, we will send you an email to tell you. We will ask you to complete a separate form called a learning agreement. You must complete this form before we start payments.

Once you have completed the learning agreement, your school will approve your payments for each week you attend.

If you are on a NOLB activity agreement, your activity coach will approve your payments.

If you are getting home education, you must submit weekly timesheets showing your activities for the week.

We make payments every two weeks on a Friday.

Download EMA payment schedules - PDFs


If you change schools within the City of Edinburgh area during term time, you must tell us so we can arrange for your payments to continue.

If you move to a school outside the City of Edinburgh area, or to a college, you must make a fresh application to the new Council or the college.

Withheld payments

If any payments are withheld your school or activity coach should tell you and tell you why. The terms and conditions set out the reasons payments may be withheld.

If you do not receive the amount you expect on a pay day, please contact your school or activity coach.

Contacting us

Due to working remotely we can't take calls just now. Email

[email protected].

If you contact us please give your

  • full name
  • address
  • young person's name
  • school attending
  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax reference number.

We receive a high volume of emails and will get back to you as soon as we can.

Contact us to

  • ask a question about your application
  • give additional information
  • ask us to reconsider your application

Contact your school to find out why a payment has been stopped.

Download the education maintenance allowance privacy notice - PDF