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Education maintenance allowance (EMA)

  • Jun 03 / 2014
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Education maintenance allowance (EMA)

An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is an allowance of £30 per week paid to eligible students aged 16 to 19 years old who stay on in full-time education after the legal school leaving age.

Entitlement to an EMA is based on an assessment of household income.  The income thresholds for the EMA programme Academic Year 2013/14 are likely to be as follows but may be subject to change at any time by the Scottish Government:

EMA Weekly Payments
Total Household Income for 2012/13 Weekly Payment
£0 to £26, 884 for families with more than one dependent child in full-time education £30
£0 to £24, 421 for families with a single dependent child in full-time education. £30


The weekly allowance is paid every second week in arrears directly into the student’s bank account.

For more information please contact either the school office, Renfrewshire Council’s Customer Service Centre on 0300 300 0300 or email ema.els@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Information is also available on Renfrewshire Council’s website:  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk