Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) 

If you’re under 18 years old at the start date of your course then an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is available based on your household income. In addition to EMA, all students under 18 years will receive help with travel expenses and essential course materials. 

If household income is below £24,421 (£26,884 if more than one child) you could receive £30 per week to help with your living costs. 

  • You do not need to pay an EMA back.
  • You must meet the residency criteria.
  • We aim to assess applications within 4-6 weeks.

Part-time students under 18 years old can also make an application for EMA. 

If you turn 18 years old during your course you will remain on EMA.

How to Apply

When you get an offer of a place on a course, the College will automatically send an activation email to the email address provided on your course application form. Once you have created your account you can then start filling out your funding form. You only need to fill out one form and we will assess which type of funding you are eligible for, including travel expenses and course materials, based on your age and personal circumstances. We can also help you with your funding form, email studentfunding@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk.

Further Information

Scottish Government have created a new website, which has information on all student funding available in Scotland Student Information Scotland. Also please read our Funding FAQs.

If you do not have access to a computer, don’t worry, you can now apply on most smartphones and tablets.