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Education Maintenance Allowance

Education Maintenance Allowance

If you're 16 to 19 years old you could get £30 a week to help you continue learning, through the Educational Maintenance Allowance programme.

The EMA is a Scottish Government fund to support young people from lower income families to continue with their studies. You could be eligible if your family earns up to £24,421 a year or £26,884 if you have siblings, depending on the course you're studying or if you are on an Activity Agreement. The payment is based on attendance and on you fulfilling any learning agreement you may have.

The EMA is payable during term time and is paid directly into your personal bank account. It can only be paid when you have achieved 100% attendance.

To find out if you are eligible, please contact us using the details below or find out more at

Payment of an EMA is restricted to a maximum of 3 years. However, if you have special educational needs you may be entitled to receive 3 years EMA support over a 4 year period.

If your family receive Income Support you are also eligible for Free School Meals. Please contact us for more details.

Application forms

The application form and guidance notes are available to download via the link given, from schools and Kilncraigs reception.

Completed forms can be returned either:

By Post - Completed applications can be sent to the address on page 3 of the application form. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope (9" x 6" in size) for return of personal documents. A first class stamp will not be sufficient.

In Person - Applications will be accepted at Kilncraigs, Alloa on a Tuesday and Thursday only between 9.30-11.30am.

Data Protection Act

NB: All information, whether held by the school or by Clackmannanshire Council is protected by the Data Protection Act.

For Further Information Contact

Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452437 / 450000