- In order to remain eligible, you must maintain attendance and make satisfactory progress in the selected training program. While DUA will not require you to submit attendance sheets, DUA staff conducts audits of training programs to ensure that students are maintaining satisfactory attendance.
- While in the training program, you must continue to request your UI benefits weekly.
- You must be eligible for UI benefits from a Massachusetts company. Many claimants live in a contiguous border state and are paid from Massachusetts.
- During the current period of federal extended benefits, you can apply for TOP benefits at any time during the eligibility period if you are receiving or have received UI anytime since July 2008 and are still unemployed. After the period of federal extended benefits is over, you will be required to apply for benefits within the first 15 weeks that you receive your UI benefits.
- You must complete your program within 2 years. If your program combines Basic Skills with vocational or industrial training, it must be completed within 3 years.
- You may participate in only one approved training program during the eligibility period. A basic skills enhancement program together with an approved vocational, industrial training or a certificate program shall be considered one training program.
- You may apply for TOP benefits while you are waiting to become eligible for UI benefits; however a review of your program eligibility will not happen until your UI claim is approved.
- If you are serving a disqualifying severance period, you may still apply for the TOP benefits. A decision will be made and issued once you become eligible for UI benefits.
- Training must be full-time (20 classroom hours per week at non-college or continuing education college program; College degree programs require a minimum of 12 credits per semester or equivalent). Schools which offer trimester or quarters vs. semesters are also potentially approvable but will need to be reviewed by the DUA TOP department.
- If your training is part-time you may attend school on a part-time basis while you are collecting UI benefits if:
The course is less than 20 classroom hours or 11 semester hours per week;
You maintain an active work search;
You continue to be available for work, able to work and are actively looking for a job.
- During scheduled semester breaks less than three weeks, you may continue to be eligible for TOP benefits provided that you attend school immediately prior to and immediately after each break.
- If your school break exceeds three weeks, you may collect UI benefits if you are not receiving extended benefits through the TOP program, you conduct an active work search and maintain a record of your work search activities, and you apply for and accept suitable work if a job offer is made to you.