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Is it a viable plan to collect unemployment while attending training, or any other type of school?


The Q&A's about collecting unemployment and school  at the same time raise the issue of  being able and available for work, in much the same way a person to sick to work, but possibly eligible based upon the reason for separation .. cannot collect, until the disqualification is lifted.

Although it may make a great deal of good sense to you and me that school, or training is a necessity to find a job these days .. there are rules about the treatment of students  and in some states, they make exceptions to the rules.

But, let's start with a fact about unemployment insurance.  

A voluntary quit to attend school (other than state approved training in some states) is considered to be admirable personal cause to quit a job,  but  not a reason that rises to good cause to collect unemployment ..

You have a baseline.  For purposes of keeping your benefits, a job must generally trump going to school.



Here's a sampling of the issues that arise out of reporting you're  going to school and are best dealt with by being informed and proactive to know how to answer or avoid altogether.   

Not reporting honestly on a continuing claim form isn't an option for me as I KNOW that is what has the greatest potential to cause an overpayment of benefit determination from the week in which your continuing eligibility came into question .. including the additional burden of the last in the list .. which is just unemployment laws way of saying "intentional fraud".

The conditional eligibility flags to watch out for .. ..

  • Is the claimant able and available to accept suitable work?
  • Did the claimant refuse suitable work when offered?
  • Did the claimant conduct a job search as required by law?
  • Did the claimant quit suitable work? (It's happened when a job interfered with a class schedule.)
  • Did the claimant misrepresent a material fact in an effort to obtain or keep benefits?

Clearly, there is a real concern that you, an eligible unemployed  person be responsible for maintaining your own conditional eligibility.

They don't ask those questions on a continuing claim form, including if you began school, or training in any given week for no reason. 

The fear they will suspend benefits pending an investigation into whether  going to school is affecting your job search, or your willingness to accept suitable work is just dumb if what you really want to  avoid is a misrepresentation, or fraud overpayment.

An unemployment department  has a lot of history, therefore,  good cause to be concerned that you keep applying for suitable work as that is the basic purpose of paying benefits.

However, real trouble begins when you try to sidestep an issue that may suspend benefits pending an investigation.  One question can lead to another and you  run the risk of a state asking for your job search records ..or even  conducting a job search audit.. often, done randomly anyway.

 So check your state's stance about unemployment and school int the chart for the Treatment of Students ..

You may just  find a light shining on a valid exception that allows you to do it all.

Look for work that's suitable to your past job experience, training, rate of pay, and distance to work and squeeze going to school into your spare time and collect benefits .. possibly all done through a state approved training program!.

Remember .. any job, or prospect of a job, trumps school if the  unemployment department ever asks. .

Collecting Unemployment Benefits While Attending School Questions

What Other Visitors Have Asked About Unemployment and Going to School

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