Learn More About Students and the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program

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  • College students could tap into $600-$800 a week of unemployment benefits
  • College students could claim unemployment benefits for losing their summer internships, part-time jobs, and work-study opportunities
  • Unemployment benefits are retroactive until January 27, 2020, making it possible for students to claim money for the last four months
  • Applications are accepted by your state of residence and listed below

Filing for unemployment as a student isn’t easy.

In fact, most students haven’t worked long enough to qualify for unemployment benefits, and in addition to that, many states don’t consider part-time employment eligible. The traditional set-up of unemployment insurance, which is a benefit paid for by both federal and state governments, generally doesn’t offer much in the way of student benefits.

But all that is about to change with students potentially getting $600-$800 a week in unemployment benefits. Here’s how you can make it happen.

Can a College Student Apply for Unemployment Benefits? 

When it comes to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the unemployment rates, students can take a massive hit to their income thanks to job loss. Traditionally, this would leave them suffering with little support from the unemployment office. However, the change to unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic means that students might be able to apply and qualify for benefits for the first time. 

With so many different stimulus benefits out there, it can be overwhelming to understand what you’re eligible to receive and what you’re not. But if you’re a student who recently lost your job or had your hours reduced, you might qualify for unemployment benefits due to the COVID-19 unemployment benefit changes.

What are some reasons that a college student might be eligible for the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program?

  • Your internship offer was pulled
  • You got a job offer but it was canceled after the pandemic started
  • You usually work a summer job but won’t be able to this year
  • You work part-time

Learn more about the PUA program below.

Learn more about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance here.