Am I still eligible for unemployment benefits in New York if I go back to school part time, while continuing to look for work? I was laid off in January and want to explore a program by taking classes part time at a local university. Will this block me from continuing to collect unemployment benefits? Hi, I’m going to just link you to the New York Interpretation Index so you can see for yourself under what circumstances it may have an effect on your benefits. Index 700 Understand this and you’ll be good to go to classes.