Apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

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Complete this form if you

  • attend a school
  • have a No One Left Behind (NOLB) activity agreement 
  • are being home educated

within the City of Edinburgh Council area.

Only one application form is required each school year. Do not submit multiple forms.

Contact your college to apply for an EMA at college.

Before you start

We ask for information about your and your parents' finances on this form, so make sure you have these details to hand.

If your parents do not receive tax credits or Universal Credit, download and read the household income help sheet (PDF) to find out what you need to provide.

You have the chance to upload documents to provide evidence related to 

  • residency status
  • parents' income
  • your bank account
  • benefits and tax credits

so you may want to scan related documents before you start the form. PDF files are best for scanned documents.

If you don't upload the documents here you can send them to us later. 

Read the EMA terms and conditions (PDF) as you will be asked to agree to this before completing the form.

Privacy statement

We, the City of Edinburgh Council, use the information you provide to process your claim for Educational Maintenance Allowance.

Where allowed by law, we may pass your information to organisations such as

  • the Scottish Government
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • HM Revenue and Customs

We may check information you have provided, or information about you that someone else has provided, with information we hold.

We may get information about you from third parties, or give them information to

  • make sure the information is accurate
  • prevent or detect crime
  • protect public funds.

These third parties include

  • government departments
  • local authorities
  • private-sector companies, such as banks and organisations that lend you money.

We will not give information about you to anyone else, or use information about you for other purposes, unless the law requires us to. 

We may use your information to identify whether you are eligible for other benefits, such as Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.

We are the data controllers for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Your application will be subject to automated processing but not to automated decision making.

Read our privacy policy for details.

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