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Old 12-14-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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Default Going to college while on unemployment?

Alright, after being out of work for over a year and a half, mostly because I don’t have a college degree I think it might be best to go to school and get my AA. I applied for student loans as I don’t qualify for financial aid. My question is, will I loose my unemployment benefits if I go college? I just move from WA to IN.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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It varies somewhat by state, but likely you will lose UI. But in most states, if you can show that you are not easily getting a job in your field and that going to college will help, they may let you collect UI or help pay for your schooling.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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If you take online classes, or physical classes at night, with a light load, you should be fine. I was approved for the above.

The key is to avoid classes that would make you unavailable for work by day.

Also, if you do take day courses, you might voluntarily add that if work becomes available you would quit school to take the available work. This likely would benefit you for their decision; however, the above options of online and night classes would hold you in much better stead.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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Anything that might interfere with your ability to get a job will mess with your UI. I advise just telling them that you are taking online classes from that college and still should be available to work any time of day/night.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:07 PM
 
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Silly question, since taking online and night classes is not an option for the program I'm wanting to enter (won’t know till after the first quarter as they only except 30 applicants per year), but how would they even know? If I went to school during the day I could always work at night. The job I lost had me working anywhere between 6am and 10pm. On the questions I answer every week, none ask if I’m taking any classes. I cant get financial aid, and would be paying for school with student loans.
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Silly question, since taking online and night classes is not an option for the program I'm wanting to enter (won’t know till after the first quarter as they only except 30 applicants per year), but how would they even know? If I went to school during the day I could always work at night. The job I lost had me working anywhere between 6am and 10pm. On the questions I answer every week, none ask if I’m taking any classes. I cant get financial aid, and would be paying for school with student loans.
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I think you just need to be available by day, "during normal work hours," to do your work search. It's not about the hours of the job itself, it's about the hours in which you're available to search for work.

Getting approval for online classes shouldn't be a problem. I would do what the other poster mentioned. Tell a rep that you'd like to begin taking classes and see what they say before you even enroll.

When I file for payment, they ask, but I've already been approved, so it's no problem.

With things as they are, I'd be surprised if they weren't lenient. You're making an effort to improve your maketability instead of standing still.

That, in itself, is similar to worksearch as far as I'm concerned, because you're pushing forward. Good luck.

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Old 12-14-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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Alright, after being out of work for over a year and a half, mostly because I donít have a college degree I think it might be best to go to school and get my AA. I applied for student loans as I donít qualify for financial aid. My question is, will I loose my unemployment benefits if I go college? I just move from WA to IN.
Just curious...how can someone be on unemployment (have no income) but not qualify for financial aid? Also, how can someone have no income but yet qualify for a loan? I`m thinking of going back to school at this point as well. But there is no way I could do it withour financial aid .My credit has gone in the toilet the last year since I`ve been on unemployment. So I`m hoping to get a lot of financial aid. I also need a job to pay the bills while I`m going back to school. This is the reason I`ve waited this long to go back. I can`t afford it. There is no way I could get a loan at this point. Anyone else have any experience going back to school on unemployment and with financial aid while on unemployment. I paid for college on my own the first time around and am unfamiliar with all of the different grants and aid out there now.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:07 PM
 
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spm you dont have any government programs? In Michigan we get 10 grand over 2 years which is good enough for an associates degree at a community college or a trade type school like I'm going to at the moment. I also didn't get approved for Federal assistance due to my previous year of employment.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:17 PM
 
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spm you dont have any government programs? In Michigan we get 10 grand over 2 years which is good enough for an associates degree at a community college or a trade type school like I'm going to at the moment. I also didn't get approved for Federal assistance due to my previous year of employment.
Hey OH,
I just talked to someone at the financial aid office today. I`m just now gettting started to see what is out there. I`m out of options at this point. So I`m hoping I can go back to school and start all over again.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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You should be able to continue receiving UE benefits, so long as, outside of class hours, you are ready, willing, and able to work, and actively seeking work. If your classes are during the day, you need to be seeking evening/weekend work even if it is outside of your previous work experience & qualifications. If you are already receiving UE benefits, the fact that you enroll in a class shouldn't even come up. It would really only matter if you enroll in school before you apply for UE benefits.

As for qualifying for financial aid, you may want to speak to a financial aid advisor. Financial aid formulas rely on last year's income, and they assume you are earning the same or similar income. If you explain/document that you are currently unemployed, your eligibility should change. Of course, the financial aid formula does still calculate all income, and that includes a spouse's income, investment income, and weekly unemployment benefits.
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