I became unemployed in February of this year, and I am currently receiving the maximum weekly unemployment benefits from the state of West Virginia.
I think I can attend university full-time while drawing unemployment, but I need your help finding specific laws, policies, etc. about this. All I can find is very vague information.
It has always been my understanding that the unemployment office (aka Workforce WV) can approve you to attend school or training. The school or training must enhance your ability to find work. If so approved, you are no longer required to be available for full-time work, to seek full-time work, or to accept offered full-time work, and can continue to receive unemployment compensation.
In addition, I received a letter from Workforce WV telling me that President Obama had announced some changes to unemployment, making it much easier for people to attend school while receiving unemployment.
More info on that may be found in this CNN article
I have been attending university part-time while on unemployment, and this has not been an issue because it does not affect my ability for full-time work.
However, I have less than 2 years left to receive my 4-year degree, and I would like to attend university full-time in the Fall or even Summer of this year.
The Workforce WV people are telling me that 4-year programs are never covered under these training agreements. But they're saying 2-year vocational and associates programs are. Why would I start a 2-year program, when I have less than 2 years remaining in a 4-year program??
I don't believe them. They don't seem to be very well-trained.
Help me prove them wrong.
P.S.: I do not
need help paying for school. Financial aid has that covered. My only interest here is in going to university full-time without losing my unemployment insurance benefits.