Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Get money for staying in education

Applications for 2022-23

We are working through applications received for the 2022-23 school year.

We are receiving several duplicate application forms. If you have applied and received an email acknowledgement, we will be in touch in due course. Please do not submit another application.

We will contact you if we need further information. Otherwise, you will receive an email telling you if you are eligible or not.

Applications submitted by 30 September 2022 are eligible to receive payments backdated to the start of term, subject to meeting the attendance requirements.

About EMA

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

  • at school
  • being home educated
  • on a NOLB activity agreement

in the City of Edinburgh Council area.

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

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 academic 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 being home educated, 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.

Contact us

You can contact us to

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

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

Please use our contact form for any enquiries you have.

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

Contact school transactions

Download the education maintenance allowance privacy notice - PDF