If you are under 18 years old on the start date of the course, you may be eligible for an EMA.

This is assessed according to your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) household income. The table below will give you a guide to what weekly payment you may receive.

 

Household Income​

​Number of Dependent Children in the Household

Weekly Payment​

​£24,421

​Only the student

​£30.00

​£26,884 or less

​More than the student

​£30.00

​Over £26,885

​Doesn’t matter how many children

​Nil

 

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Important Information

If your Funding Award application is successful:

  • The maximum amount of EMA paid to you will be £1,080.00 per year
  • A Learner Agreement must be signed before payment can be released. This will be with your award letter
  • You will not receive your first payment until after you have attended your first class. Make sure you budget accordingly for the first couple of weeks of term
  • EMA is paid fortnightly in arrears based on your attendance
  • EMA is not paid during the following holidays: October, Christmas and Easter. Make yourself aware of what this means for you and budget accordingly
  • Applications received after 6 weeks from the start of the course will not be backdated – payments will start from the date we receive full documentation

Remember!

Your Student Funding Application Form will be sent out to you once and only once you have firmly accepted your offer of a place at Fife College.

Please take time to fill your application form in carefully and return as soon as possible with all your supporting evidence. A handy funding guide will be sent out with your application form and this will detail the evidence that you will need.

If you are unsure about the evidence that you need to provide, have any issues getting the evidence, have not received your form or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone on 0344 248 0115.

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Further Information

  • If your award application is successful, the award will be paid 2 weekly in arrears for travel and EMA
  • You must have 100% attendance for payment to be made

EMA FAQs

The forms listed below are the main forms of documentation you will be asked to provide. Applications are assessed on an individual basis and other documents may be requested. Please see our Student Funding Application Form for more details.

 

EMA

18-24

19-24 Self Supporting

25+

ID

ID

ID

ID

Proof of your address eg bank statement

Proof of your address eg bank statement

Proof of your address eg council tax notification or bank statement

Proof of your address eg council tax notification or bank statement

Tax Credit Award

Tax Credit Award

Tax Credit Award

Tax Credit Award

P60 for parents

P60 for parents

3 years P60

Earn £4,000

P60 for partner

Council Tax Notification if parent is single person

 Council Tax Notification if parent is single person

Council Tax Notification if  you have own tenancy or to prove partnership

 Council Tax Notification if you are a single person

Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award

Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award

Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award

Benefit Letter/screen shot of Universal Credit award

A letter from an agency who has been involved in your care e.g. Letter from Social Work or a letter from The Department of Work and Pensions/HMRC confirming you were in receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit when under the age of 19.​

A letter from your Social Worker confirming you are under their care.​

No, your funding is based on your age and circumstances on the official start date of the course.​

If your 16th birthday falls between 1st October and the last day of February you will be classed as a Christmas Leaver. You must still apply for your funding but you will not be eligible for any payments until January.​

Yes, all full-time students must complete a Student Funding Application Form regardless of level of income. You do not need to supply evidence of household income but you do still need to complete the application for the College to consider assistance with fees and travel. You need only supply ID for yourself and proof of your address.​

You should use the address/income of the parent that claims the Child Benefit and/or child tax credit for you or who last claimed the benefit for you if you are over the age of being eligible for child benefit.​

Travel expenses come out of the Bursary account so this is why it is referred to as Bursary so yes, it is right.​

Depending on your age then yes. Bursary includes travel expenses so you can claim for this part.

If you are under 18 years of age you can apply for Education Maintenance Allowance and travel expenses, depending on where you stay.