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EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance)

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This link will take you to the forms and related information on Dundee City Council's website.


This information will be updated and published here when it becomes available by Dundee City Council

Students who are 16 before 30th September and who are eligible to apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance will NOT be entitled to a Clothing Grant for the session beginning in August.

A new application form must be completed at the start of each academic session online.

Pupils who have previously been in receipt of an EMA or those who will be eligible from August 2023, please apply NOW online.

Autumn cut off Date:  30 September 2023

What is EMA?

EMA is part of the Scottish Executive's agenda of encouraging access to, and participation in, further and higher education by young people from low-income families.

EMA provides financial support for 16 – 19 year olds who stay on in full time non advanced education or a community/voluntary Activity programme after their statutory school leaving date.

Do you qualify for EMA?

  • Were you born between 1 March 2002 and 28 February 2006?
  • Do you attend a Dundee school or do you reside in the Dundee area and are you undertaking a programme of learning in a community or voluntary setting?
  • Was your 2022-23 household income:
    • £24,421 per annum or less (for families with a single dependent child) or
    • £26,884 per annum or less (families with more than one dependent child)?

Students attending college full time may also be eligible for EMA but should contact the college direct for further information or to obtain an application form.

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 payable to eligible young people who have achieved 100% attendance per week.   It is payable in arrears, generally on a 2 weekly basis.

How to apply for EMA? (Link to forms at top of page)

Application form link: https://ps://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/children-and-families-service/education-maintenance-allowance-ema-202122

You can also contact the EMA Team by email at ema@dundeecity.gov.uk      link sends e-mail) if you require guidance.

  • To be eligible for weekly payments the student must complete a Learning Agreement with the school/keyworker and, payment can start when the Learning Agreement is returned to EMA Team
  • Payments are made fortnightly in arrears to the student's bank account depending on attendance and compliance with the requirements of their Learning Agreement.
  • http://forms.dundeecity.gov.uk/victoriaforms/Viewer-VicForms.asp?user=anon&Form=Education%20Maintenance%20Allowance%20(EMA)%20Application%20(1.0).wdf


All documents can be downloaded from Dundee City Council Website, from your Guidance Teacher or from Dundee House.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Details

EMA Team
Email: ema@dundeecity.gov.uk (link sends e-mail)
Tel: 01382 433749
Education Department

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Dundee House, 50 North Lindsay Street
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