Student in MO collecting Unemployment
I was let go from my job in July, and applied for benefits, in which I was approved. I was already registered for fall 2012 semester at the time.
Nowhere on MO's website does it address students being ineligible for benefits. Because it isnt mentioned on the website, and I had not started yet, I did not make any mention of my education plans when filing the initial claim.
Now, my first day was Thursday, and when filing this week's claim, I did answer yes to the school question, but also indicated I was available for work, and I performed my required work searches.
Is my claim likely to be denied or benefits suspended?
Just a guess, but if you couldn't find anything specific on their website about the treatment of students collecting UI, it's probably because the statutes don't specifically mention students in a provision when discussing A&A (able and available).
However, considering that I think it is wise to err on the side of caution and be proactive about protecting benefits (if you really can't survive without them) the whole issue of avoiding losing benefits and possibly having to repay what you've received, means I think it's any individual's responsibility to be able to prove their availability and willingness to accept, whatever may be deemed suitable work for you by the state.
For the sake of hoping redundancy is a good learning tool .. here's how DOLETA summarizes the issue you're asking about.They ask two questions:
Disqualified or ineligible while attending school?
Yes, ineligible if there is a significant restriction on availability. Some part-time students may be eligible. Does not apply to WIA, Trade Act, and mass layoff students.
Disqualified to leave work to attend school?
In a nutshell .. A person will be disqualified for leaving work to attend school to improve themselves or their future job finding potential. It's considered a personal choice and not attributable to
This usually holds true in every state except when a state has precedent decisions that may address anomalies.
However many states don't care, in fact may encourage an unemployed person unable to find suitable work to make themselves suitable by reasonably pursuing some type of education that will increase their odds of finding work!
This is why, in many states, we also see exceptions for WIA, trade act training, or any state approved training and that little doorway for the independent soul that just does this on their own without getting approval from the state.
The doorway is that there not be a significant restriction on your availability for suitable work and sometimes .. even if there may be .. all you have to do is tell the dept. that if it comes down to having to make a choice .. it's a job .. all the way that will trump school.
Now .. all you have to know as far as accepting suitable work that works with your school is whether your state would disqualify you if you told them you're only available for a part-time job in any suitable work.
Getting and keeping unemployment benefits is like peeling an onion .. it can make you cry .. it's just that if you look ahead to the what ifs .. you can make your decisions knowing full well what the consequences might be.
Yes, I suspect that Missouri will be contacting you to doubledown and see if you're really still A&A for suitable Work.
Here's the new 2012 Non-Monetary Chartbook.
Lots of changes folks .. and don't forget to check the chart about part time work.
The Possible Answers and issues ..
- Treatment of Students (Table 5/17)
- Refusal of Suitable Work (Table 5/16)
- New this year: Minimum Work Search Requirements (Table 5/15)
- States that may have a helpful Part-Time worker provision (Table 5/14)
Good Luck with the eligibility interview or questionnaire.