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Will you receive unemployment benefits if you quit your current job to go to school?


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Answered 2007-05-16 15:43:17

no, you can't get benefits because you are no longer working for them, so they don't have to cover you anymore.


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You can appeal with unemployment, but you need proof that CPS will, with CPS for teachers but they would rather keep the money for benefits.

To receive unemployment benefits you have to have a history of earnings. If you apply for a student loan and are going to go to school, you might not be able to qualify for that unemployment benefit. You need to look up your own state unemployment laws to see if they both work for you.

I don't think so. If you quit you more than likely may not qualify for unemployment benefits. If you are terminated, you maybe able to receive it. As far as school is concerned, you will more than likely be able to still go to school, but you cannot quit a job and go to school and receive unemployment. If you quit, you disqualify yourself from getting unemployment, unless you have a very good reason to quit such as harrassment, or unsafe work place etc,. You can still go to school and receive financial aid which maybe more than what you would receive in unemployment benefits.

It really all depends on your union contract language. In southern CA, in my specific school district, we can get receive unemployment benefits even if you resigned. Contact your personnell office or the union president. They should have an answer! It really all depends on your union's contract language. In southern CA, in my specific school district, we can receive unemployment benefits even if we resign. Contact your personnell office or the union president. They should have an answer!

According to the FAQs item #4."What happens if I quit my job" in the Related Link below, you CAN quit and receive benefits IF it was for good cause and related to work (NOT for joining your spouse, attending school, or to become self-employed).

Yes, an employ of a catholic school can collect unemployment if they are laid off or wrongfully terminated. This school would have been required to pay into the unemployment system.

Sometimes. It depends on the state and the school/subjects as to whether you get benefits. Each state has its own rules on this so check with your state's unemployment office.

Yes you can, but not if you just decide to quit because your school load is too much or what have you. You have to be laid off from your job. If you show proof that you are enrolled full-time in school (12 or more credit hours), you can draw unemployment benefits and you are excluded from having to seek work. All you need is a school official's signature every five weeks to show you are still enrolled full time.

Every state has it's own unemployment laws, but speaking from Texas - in order to receive unemployment, you have to be available to work at all times. If you are going to school, that means you are not be available to work

If you are under contract for next school year, no. You aren't unemployed.

yes, as long as you continue to seek employment as required by state.

It depends on what school they work for (private or public) and how they choose to receive their pay, paid over a 10 month period or pro-rated and paid all year long. In the second instance, they cannot claim unemployment.

I don't see why you would have to quit school. It looks like you are putting everything in reverse order. Are you trying to quit school so you can get a job in order to quit the job and get unemployment?

If you are not available for full time work because of school schedules your benefits may be denied. See "Can Benefits Be Denied" under the FAQ's in the Related Link below.

No. If the teacher is between school sessions and has assurances of returning to work when school resumes, she is not eligible.

Many states have passed laws that stopped seasonal workers from receiving unemployment benefits. Because of this many school janitors have to find other employment during summer months.

Check the Related Link below for information on approved training/education allowed while collecting unemployment benefits.

No. In the school setting, as long as you expect to return when school resumes, you are not considered unemployed

As long as you qualify for unemployment, and are looking for work, and are able to accept a job offer, you can collect unemployment. If you're not looking for a job, or your class schedule won't allow you to take a job, then you can't collect unemployment. The employment office will check your class schedule to make sure you are able to accept a job if offered one.

Usually, teachers are paid a salary and cannot collect unemployment between school terms, but you can check with your unemployment office. If you are paid hourly, it might be possible to collect benefits. Again, check with your unemployment office or ask the school administrators if it is possible to collect unemployment. The school can probably tell you. Another answer: I doubt it, but call or email your unemployment department. I am a retired teacher who subs during the school year and tried to collect unemployment in the summer. They paid me, but then decided that I didn't earn it so I had to pay it back. There is a law that has been passed that prohibits teachers from unemployment, but I am not sure if this a federal law or state.

yes, But you have to be a full time student and prove you are going to school. If you do this you will not have to prove to unemployment that you are also trying to find a job. I would go down to your local work source and show them your a full time student.

Nope ... UI is paid out only for layoffs and some voluntary quit instances. The purpose of UI is to help sustain life while actively seeking other employment. If you are returning to school, one would not be searching for permanent employment until after graduation, so the obligations for receiving UI would never be met, if it were even allowed to be received. Depends on the reason for firing. If it is for misconduct, you may have a problem, but like in alot of states, a person can be terminated for any reason, which does not necessarily keep you from unemployment.

No, if you substitute teach in Michigan, you are a seasonal employee with a "reasonable chance" of returning to substitute teach with school breaks and summer breaks in between work time. You can, however, be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are laid-off from a full-time teaching position.

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