Financial Advice and Support for Families

In certain circumstances, you may qualify for financial support from Scottish Borders Council for your child attending school.

In the links below you will find information on the financial advice and support that may be available to you.

SBC – Free School Meals and Clothing Grants Information

SBC – EMA Information

Please contact your child’s Pastoral Teacher if you need further advice.


You can claim EMA if:

Your Household income for the tax year ended 5 April 2020 is less than:
£24,421 – if there is 1 child in education, or
£26,884 – if there are 2 or more children in education.

You have lived in the United Kingdom for 3 years prior to the EMA qualifying date and are resident in Scotland on that date.  Other residency rules also apply. 

You live in the Scottish Borders Authority and attend

    • Secondary School
    • Home Educated
    • Non advance course at a College in a neighbouring authority that is not in Scotland and does not attract any other form of public or employer bursary.
    • Activity Agreement
    • You attend school or a non-advance course at college or are Home Educated for a minimum of 21 guided learning hours per week (or 100% of your agreed timetabled hours including study periods as stated on your Learning Agreement) For Activity Agreements you must participate  fully  in  your  agreed  activity  each

If you are 16 years old between 1 October 2020 and 28 February 2021, you may eligible from 4 January 2021. Deadline for Applications 28 February 2021.

If you were 16 years old or over before 30 September 2020, you can still apply and receive payments from the date of application. Deadline for applications 31 March 2021.

You can complete your application by accessing and selecting the Featured Consultation Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) School Year 2020-2021.  Please note a new application must be completed every academic year.

If you have any questions regarding EMA you can contact the HQ Operations Team on 01835 825108 or  Please include your name in all communications to us.

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