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Extended Training Benefits and Department Approved Training

You can go to school and still receive unemployment insurance benefits!

There are two options available for training:

What’s the Difference?

Department Approved Training (DAT)
You may receive benefits if you are attending school or a training course if approved by Iowa Workforce Development. You must make a written application for DAT. If available when you apply for benefits, provide the name of the school, type of training, class schedule, and the beginning and ending dates of training. Most requests for DAT will be approved if the training has a substantial curriculum. Approval or denial is always in writing and you may appeal if you are denied.

While attending approved training, you do not have to be available for work or search for work to continue to be eligible for benefits. However, you are required to file your weekly continued claims in order to continue to receive benefits.

If you stop training for any reason, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development and you must immediately search for work as instructed.

DAT will not pay for your schooling, books or expenses. The program allows you to continue to receive regular and extension benefits while you are attending training.

If you are filing for Trade Adjustment Assistance, you need to check with that program coordinator as requirements are slightly different.


Training Extension Benefits (TEB)
You may receive benefits if you are attending school or a training course if approved by Iowa Workforce Development. You must make a written application for TEB. When you apply for benefits, provide the name of the school, type of training, class schedule, and the beginning and ending dates of training. Approval or denial is always in writing and you may appeal if you are denied. These benefits are additional weeks of unemployment. TEB will not pay for your schooling, books or expenses.

If you stop training for any reason, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development and stop calling in your weekly claim.

Training extension benefits are available to individuals:

  • who meet the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits,

  • who are laid-off or voluntarily separated from a declining occupation or involuntarily separated as a result of a permanent reduction of operations.

  • Separated from an employer that was full-time hours

In addition to the above requirements:

  • your training must be for an occupation that is considered to be a High Demand Occupation (HDO) as defined by Iowa Workforce Development, or

  • a high-tech occupation or training approved under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), or

  • you must be working towards a GED in an approved program.

  • you must live in the state of Iowa

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