Does New Jersey pay for unemployment and school as well?
I live in New Jersey and have been unemployed for almost a year now. I'm currently collecting unemployment. Recently, I've consider going back to school to get a graduate degree. Does the state of New Jersey allow you to collect unemployment while going back to school part time/full time? Also, are there any government aids or any other sources that will help fund my education to improve my work skills while I'm not working? Thank you!
I doubt you will get any WIA grant money for graduate school, but you might for certifications needed to bolster a degree.
The USDOL says this about collecting unemployment while attending school in NJ.
"Yes, claimant is disqualified, including vacation periods, unless student earned wages sufficient to qualify
for benefits while attending school."
It says also that the statutes specifically mentions students.
That would make me nervous about collecting unemployment and then starting school as an after thought because you're out of work.
The language seems to suggest that unless you are receiving unemployment from a job you held while concurrently going to school, you would have a good chance of being found not able and available for work just because you didn't go to school while you held the job you're collecting benefits from.
I do believe NJ has training benefits, but I doubt graduate school is covered under training benefits in any state.
Maybe student financial aid is the option you're looking for to make graduate school possible so you don't have to work?