Can I Receive Unemployment Benefits While I Am Attending School?

To be eligible for benefits while attending academic schooling, you must be available for full­time work to receive benefits. To be considered available for full­time work while in school, you must be taking less than 10 credit hours, be registered for work as required, and be willing to immediately accept suitable full­time work in the customary hours of your occupation. However, you may be eligible for benefits if you recently attended school full­time while working full­time, and if you are no longer working as a result of a qualifying layoff.

To be eligible for benefits while attending vocational training, you must be available for full­time work. The availability requirements may potentially be waived for vocational training depending on your work history, whether you voluntarily quit skilled employment to attend the training, and whether you are attending the training full­time or part­time.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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