Question: Do students who lost their full-time jobs due to COVID-19 qualify for UI?

  • High school students do not qualify for UI. GED students are not considered high school students and may qualify.
  • Students attending college or other educational institutions may receive benefits while attending school if they are available for employment for hours normal to their occupation, actively seeking employment and willing to rearrange or drop classes for an offer of employment.

Question: My employer laid me off temporarily, should I apply for UI?

  • Yes. If you are laid off, you should apply for benefits. You should also apply for benefits if your hours were reduced below 32 hours per week AND you are making less than 50 percent of your regular income.