Education Maintenance Allowances: 2020-21

Statistics on Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) recipients and payments made in 2020-2021.

1. Background information

The EMA is an entitlement and demand led programme that aims to provide support for young people aged 16 to 19 from low income families to overcome financial barriers to stay on in post-16 education; either in school or on a college course, or to take up an Activity Agreement.

The programme is administered by local authorities and colleges on behalf of Scottish Ministers. A weekly payment of £30 is made to a young person and is subject to attendance and agreement of a learning plan.

Additional information can be found at This release is accompanied by online tables that cover more detailed analysis.



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