Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available for students who are under the age of 18 on the start date of their course.

If the student is awarded an EMA, they will be eligible for £30 per week which is paid into their chosen bank account.

They may also be eligible for EMA if they are studying a non-advanced part-time course, contact student funding to find out more.

EMA is not paid during the following holidays: October, Christmas and Easter. Please take this into consideration and budget accordingly.

Student’s EMA is calculated on the household income of their Parent/Legal Guardian.

Parent/Guardian’s Household Income​

​Number of Dependent Children in the Household

Weekly Payment​

​£24,421 or less

​Student only

​£30.00

£24,422 to ​£26,884

​Student + brother/sister

​£30.00

​£26,885 or above

​Not Applicable

​Nil

Contact info

If you have any questions or concerns and would like to talk to someone about your funding, please email the team at studentfunding@fife.ac.uk or call us on 0344 248 0115 and ask for the Student Funding team. We also hold face to face drop in session dates can be found in the drop in session’s section.

Basic Evidence required

EMA

ID – Birth Certificate, Passport, Driving licence, NHS medical card, My fife card.

Proof of your address – Official letter addressed to student cannot be from Fife college

Tax Credit Award – For year 2021/2022 please make sure to send all pages.

P60 Covering April 2020 – March 2021  for parents

Council Tax Notification 2021 if parent is single person

Benefit Letter/screen shot of at least 6 Months Universal Credit award showing Name , Address and all elements awarded (this includes deductions)

ID of sisters or/and brothers – Birth certificates , Passport , Driving licence NHS medical Card or my Fife card

Child benefit award Letter – all pages

Travel

Winter/Christmas Leaver

If you are aged 15 and will turn 16 years old between October 1st 2021 and February 28th 2022, you may be provided with a bus pass which will be valid until the end of December.

Under 18s

If you are aged 16/17 years old on the 30th of August 2021, the travel award is not subject to an assessment of household income.

The travelling expenses are calculated on the cheapest form of public transport available.

Travel is only paid for the time that you are travelling to college and depending on updated guidance from the government we might need to adjust your travel award during the academic year.

You can find more information on travel here.

We may ask for additional evidence depending on your circumstances.

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.