Important information

From 01 July 2022 you can submit an EMA application for the 2022/2023 school year (starting August 2022).

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 which you may be able to get if you are:

  • aged 16 to 19
  • attend a Falkirk school (or attend Home Education), or
  • work under an Activity Agreement

If you attend Forth Valley College, you'll need to contact them to apply.

You'll need to meet the terms of your Learning Agreement, and will usually only get EMA for a week where you have 100% attendance.

Check if you are eligible by visiting the EMA Scotland website.

How to apply

You can apply below.

Make sure you read the guidance carefully and provide all the information that is asked, including any supporting evidence. If you're having any problems or need some help you can contact the team.

Please Note: You will need to complete the application with your parent/carer present as some of the questions relate to their circumstances, and they need to sign the declaration.

Supporting documents

Submit any documents you have been asked to supply using our online form.

You can currently use the form to submit documents for the following services:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax
  • Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants
  • Education Maintenance Allowance
  • Homespot application form

Make sure you submit your application even if you don't have all the information. The date that we receive your application can make a huge difference to the date we can pay you from (eg you miss the 30 September or 28 February deadlines).


The cut off for all applications for the current session is 31 March 2021. No applications will be accepted after that time.

Your age Application date Payment start date
16-19 on or before 30 September Apply on or before 30 September Payments start from beginning of August term
Apply after 30 September Payments start the week we receive your application
Turn 16 between 01 October and 28 February Apply on or before 28 February Payments start from beginning of January term
Apply after 28 February Payments start the week we receive your application

If you are applying under an Activity Agreement, this is different. Contact us for further information.

Additional information

Further information about EMA can be found on our frequently asked questions page. This contains a variety of information regarding applications, payments and more. However, if you can't find the information you're looking for you can contact the team.


Change of bank account
Change of email or home address
Self certificate form
EMA applicant handbook
Payment timetable 2021-2022