California unemplyment benefit & going back to school for weekend classes.
Dear whom it may concern,
Currently, I am on unemployment benefit from state of California. I have been looking for a job for last 5 months to no avail.
I was thinking about going back to school for a master degree and the program I am interested allows me to attend the classes during weekends, while working weekdays.
My question is, do I lose the unemployment benefit, if I attend a school only weekends when I am available to work during weekdays? If I get a federal loan such as stafford loan, do I lose the benefit?
I looked around the California EDD web site and there is no answer for it. Please help. I really cannot lose the benefit and want to make a right decision for my current situation.
Thank you very much.
I think you need to read AA 40
of the determination guide.
In California it's possible to attend school and collect unemployment benefits if you're able and available for suitable work (I've no idea what this may be for you) and I've been told by others in CA that when or if you have to participate in an eligibility interview because of going to school, they ask if you'd be willing to give up school to accept a job in that suitable line of work, if it were to interfere with your school schedule.
Would you do this?
You can draw your own conclusions. I personally don't think going to school on the weekends is so restrictive as to create a denial for limiting your availability for work, unless you typically would be required to work on the weekends in whatever line of work you did last.
Count yourself lucky ..
California is not nearly as restrictive as some states on this issue .. and they also have a fairly active training program.
I think the treatment of students .. when it comes to unemployment benefits is counter intuitive to the purpose of unemployment .. partial wage replacement in a recession without jobs.
But I also believe desperation breeds some really bad and sadly, intentional mistakes, when it comes to checking boxes on continuing claim forms to keep collecting.