Can I Collect Unemployment Benefits And Attend School In Illinois?


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Nathaniel Hobby answered
The answer to your question would depend on your age, your participation in jobs and schooling and the type of school that you go to.
  • Illinois benefits
In Illinois you must be over the age of 16 to begin to claim unemployment benefits, if you are under this age then this is not a benefit option that will be available to you yet. Secondly, Illinois will only pay unemployment benefit for a certain amount of time, usually a minimum of 13 weeks, and only in specific circumstances. By this I mean that you should have been made redundant from your last job, or your employment ended following the expiry of your contract. If you quit your job or were fired then you will not be entitled to unemployment benefit.
  • School
If you are still in full time education at school then it is expected that any job you take on is part time as you will still be studying towards your exams and qualifications.  Due to this, you will not be able to claim unemployment benefits if you are still at school as it is expected that you should be there studying and not taking on, or actively looking for, full time work whilst you are still studying. However, if you are above the age of 16 and are attending some evening or night school to further your qualifications then it may be perfectly possible to attend these classes and still be paid unemployment benefits.
  • Further resources
The Illinois state government unemployment office is called the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) and has a website that can be found here The website has frequently asked questions, an eligibility page and contact information for you to be able to get in touch with the office to find out properly about your unemployment and benefit options.
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Anonymous answered
I just went through this. I am going to school part-time for a certificate program and they are allowing me to still collect unemployment. They are happy for you to take classes so long as it doesn't inhibit you from getting a full-time job. They want to be sure you can move your class schedule around if you need to to accommodate a full-time job. They also also want to know you would leave school for work if you had to. Hope that helps!

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