Questions (FAQs) Extended Training Benefits and Department Approved Training
What kinds of training
Occupations that are
on the Departmentís list of High Demand Occupation (HDO) jobs
High tech occupations
approved by Workforce Investment Act providers.
What information will I
You will need the name and address of your school, the dates of your
classes, and a copy of your class schedule or enrollment verification.
If you were laid-off from your last employer, you must include the
form completed by employer certifying you were separated as a result of
reduction in operations.
Can I get financial aid?
Your local workforce center can help you research and find financial aid
information, but you should also check out these web sites:
www.icansucceed.org. The Iowa
College Student Aid Commission can also be reached toll-free at (877)
272-4476 or online at www.iowacollegeaid.org. All Iowa colleges have financial aid offices
that can help you apply for a Pell Grant scholarship. Pell Grant
applications are available 24/7 at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
during business hours. You will need to report last yearís income when
applying, but your educational institution can adjust your eligibility
to reflect your current circumstances.
Where will I send my
school information (schedules, etc)?
Bring your schedule to your local Iowa Workforce Center to ensure you
have the application filled out correctly and the correct information
that is needed to apply. You can also fax the information to (515)
242-0444 or mail it to:
UI Service Center-TEB
P O Box 10332
Des Moines IA 50306-0332
A program brochure and a list of
High Demand Occupations are
Q: Are Training
Extension Benefits (TEB) the same as Department Approved Training (DAT)?
A: No, TEB can pay you up to an additional 26 weeks of unemployment.
DAT does not pay additional weeks, it just waives your work search
while you are collecting. If you discontinue school, TEB is no
Q: If I am on DAT and run out of benefits, can I qualify for TEB?
TEB is only payable after you have exhausted all payments on regular
and extension unemployment insurance benefits. You must apply for
TEB separately from the application that was submitted for DAT. Your
application for TEB must be received before the end of your benefit
year or within 30 days of exhausting benefits whichever is later.
Q: Will I get paid during a
break from school?
A: Yes, as long as your break is not over 4 weeks. If you are
going to be out of school for longer than 4 weeks you need to
contact Iowa Workforce Customer service before reporting any weekly
Q: I have already been approved
for TEB, but I have not started to receive my benefits?
A: There are several variables impacting the payment of your
claim. TEB can only be paid after all other benefits have been
exhausted. Your application will be kept on file until you run out
of other benefits. If additional information is needed, you will be
contacted by mail.
Q: When should I apply for
Training Extension Benefits?
A: You can apply at anytime while you are claiming benefits. The
earlier the better so you know if you will be approved for the
program. You must apply within your benefit year of your claim or
no later than 30 days from when you ran out of money, whichever is
Q: I am currently receiving TEB
and I just scheduled my classes for my next term. Should I send in
that schedule?A: No, wait until you are sent a notice from the
TEB unit requesting the schedule and grades. Be sure to send all
information together so your payments are not delayed. There will
be an address and fax number on that letter to send the information
to. Use that letter as the coversheet when you are sending it in.
Do I have to get all Aís?
A: No, you just need to show us that you are attending your training
and showing satisfactory progress. We will need you to provide your
class schedules and grades while you are receiving the benefits.
Q: What will my weekly payment
A: The amount you are paid on TEB will be the same weekly benefit
amount as you were receiving on your regular unemployment payments.
Q: How long will my benefits
A: The TEB program is for up to 26 weeks of payments. Some
people may not receive the full 26 weeks because they finish school
before they have received all 26 weeks.
Q: When does TEB start?
A: Your benefits would begin the week you run out of all other
unemployment benefits that you are eligible for. Make sure you have
brought in your most recent school schedule to your local workforce
office to be sure we have all the information that is needed to
start your benefits. If there is more information that we need, you
will hear from the TEB Unit by telephone or by mail. Make sure
every time you are in the local office that your address and phone
number is accurate.
Q: How will I know I am eligible
A: After you apply for TEB you will receive a letter in the mail of
approval or denial usually within 2 weeks after you apply.
Q: What if I havenít started
school yet and my benefits exhaust?
A: TEB payments are only made when you are enrolled and attending
school. If you have exhausted your benefits and you donít start
school for a few weeks you will not receive payments until your
Q: How many classes do I need to
A: You must at least be enrolled half-time in classes. You need to
find out what your school considers a full-time class schedule and
you must be enrolled in half of that.
Q: Will TEB pay for the classes?
A: No, TEB is an extension on your unemployment benefits. It is
not intended to pay for your courses unless you wish to use it for
Q: Will I have to provide my
grades to you?
A: We will send out a letter a week before the end of your term
requesting a schedule for the next term and the grades from the one
you are finishing. You will have 20 days to respond to that
letter. Use that letter as the coversheet when you send it back in
and be sure to sign and date the letter first. If that letter is
not sent back in before the due date on the bottom of the letter
your continued benefits could be discontinued.
Q: What do I need to do after I
A: You need to continue to report your weekly claim as you did
before you were on the program. Also, you will receive a letter
mail when you are completing your courses and you need to follow the
instructions to return your grades and next term schedule.
Q: Can I take courses online?
A: Yes, if you can provide us with a course schedule of classes you
are taking, and it is through a accredited school we will accept
that for the program. The occupational goal you are working towards
must also be on our high demand occupation list.
Q: I have graduated school and
have not been able to find a job. Can I still receive TEB payments?
A: No, the payments are only for when you are enrolled and attending
Q: I am going to school for my
GED. Can I apply for TEB?A: Yes, GED is an approved goal for
TEB. You will be required to send in attendance sheets signed by
your GED instructors on a monthly basis to prove you are attending
Q: I have finished the training
program that I was working on and now I want to further my education
for an advanced degree. Can I still receive TEB?
A: Yes, as long as the
occupation goal is still on the High Demand Occupation list. You
must also still have benefits available on your claim. Even though
you are enrolling into new course or possibly even a new school, you
are not entitled to another 26 weeks of payment.
Q: I was offered a part-time
job. Can I work and receive TEB?
A: Yes, you need to report your gross (before tax) wages that you
earn each week you file your weekly claim. The reporting dates are
from Sunday to Saturday so whatever you earned that week you would
need to report when you file your claim. When you start your new
job, you should check with your local workforce office to see if
once you start you could be eligible for regular unemployment
payments again on any other claims you have filed in the past.
Working a part-time job can extend the number of weeks that you can
receive from TEB. Your total amount you are eligible from TEB is a
calculation of your weekly benefit amount x 26. If you work and
report wages you may not receive an entire weekly payment for that
week, therefore, your weeks would last longer than the original 26
Q: I received a letter in the
mail stating I am approved for Department Approved Training (DAT).
Does that mean I am now eligible for TEB?
A: No, you must apply for both programs separately. If you have
not already filled out an application for TEB, you must do that in
your local office. DAT has fewer restrictions than TEB so by being
approved for DAT does not automatically approve you for TEB. Each
unit is separate and you must be sure that they both have your
schedules each term to remain on the program.
Q: If I qualify for DAT, do I
automatically qualify for TEB?
A: No, You must apply for each program separately and be approved on
each program separately.
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