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Can you go to school full-time and collect unemployment in New York

by Anonymous
(New York)

Can a person receive unemployment benefits and be a full time student receiving financial aid in the state of NY? What is considered a full time student by the state of NY? If a person can collect both while being full time, what is the maximum benefits they can receive from unemployment?

Hi Anon,

Once again .. A job will always trump school unless, you get special leave from the department .. or a training program that in effect suspends the need to look for, or accept work.

And since you're already receiving financial aid .. I'd say you're just looking for more subsidies while you continue toward some degree ..

You'll probably end up in charge of actual employees someday .. and as I think on this .. that's begins to be a very scary thought.

But here's you're answer.

I find the reasoning for a lot of answers (which are just my opinion, not some sort of unemployment gospel) by first checking the USDOL's state law comparison resource.

When you take a look at NY in the table regarding the treatment of students and under the heading of ..

"Disqualified or ineligible while attending school?"

It says yes, disqualified. Because school is considered .. Personal and
non-compelling for purposes of collecting unemployment benefits

However, instead
of verifying the USDOL is correct and there are no favorable circumstances, in opposition to that brief statement, I would also go to the NY interpretive index (also found on the UI law page linked to above).

I believe the relevant section of interest to you would be 700, specifically, 760.

Section 700 also included a link to section 2000 which might help to explain further.

I would also suggest a quick look at the issues section 1200 address.

It seemed to me after reading the very negative sounding summary of the USDOL comparison chart, the additional step of verifying by researching NY's interpretations was in order, since NY is kind enough to help a person understand an "issue" instead of forcing one to guess and by golly only, their way to a denial of benefits.

It is up to you to bring the details of the conditions under which you are attending school, not me to tell you what constitutes full-time school.

However, while you're at the state comparison charts .. you might want to note what's more important to your question .. what is considered to be full-time work ..

And by the way .. NY max weekly unemployment benefits were at last check .. $405 per week, but then this too can be found in the comparison charts.

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Sep 27, 2010
by: Anonymous

This is my exact ? and I don't understand a word of the response, was there an actual response? I am seriously considering this scenario, is there more informative answer that can be stated?

Check Table 5-12.

Then check the NY interpretive indexes. Try section 760.

Apr 20, 2018
Why so serious?
by: Anonymous

Not sure what happened to the author the day they wrote this but it seems that Anon is just a curious person, no need to be such a butt.

Apr 21, 2018
Why So Serious?
by: Chris -

Because I am serious about this stuff and just being curious is easily resolved by using one, or more of the free resources.

Admittedly, I can see why you, someone who doesn't know me, may read me as being short with this person. And although I agree with you that they were curious to ask a question, it was still much the same question others were asking me left and right at that time in 2010, all about collecting unemployment benefits while going to school.

What I didn't do was call them a butt when I assumed they didn't read one of those answers.

I'm a consistent butt, in that, if I see the conditional eligibility issue I generally offer links I believe will explain more about the issue.

Going to school full-time frequently prohibits individuals, from meeting the conditional requirement to be able and available to look for and accept work in any week you collect an unemployment benefit.

The choice that gets people in a pickle is the one made because they think going to school overrides the A&A issue, or special provision about students collecting benefits.

If collecting .. accepting a job, trumps refusing suitable work because of a school schedule conflicting with a work schedule.

Thank you, you're the reason I noticed a link in my comment so long ago is now broken.

But until I get to it .. know it's been fixed on the resource page.resource page.

Sep 09, 2018
This is sad
by: Anonymous

This sucks because I lost my job WHILE in school and now I have no way of supplementing my income - something I was wholly banking on because I need to buy everyday essentials to live.

Hi Anonymous,

The only thing I took away from your comment, is it might be too soon to sad .. if you were working and going to school concurrently when you lost your job .. through no fault of your own (which of course, is just an assumption on my end).

To see what the points I think you should take a look at go to Table 5-19 and don't stop with info just specific to New York State.

Then read up on the potential UI issues specific to NY at the NY Interpretation Indexes including Section 599 .. even if it says it's all about attending "vocational training"

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