Unemployment Insurance Training for Individuals

Department Approved Training

A claimant may receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits if attending school or a training course approved by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). Department Approved Training (DAT) will waive the work search requirement while being paid UI benefits. A DAT application must be submitted providing the name of the school, type of training, class schedule and the beginning and ending dates of training. DAT will be approved if the training has a substantial curriculum. Approval or denial is always in writing and may be appealed if the decision is a denial.  

The DAT application may be submitted in a variety of ways.

  • Take the application and class schedule to a local IowaWORKS Center (which is the preferred method).
  • Fax the application and class schedule to 515-242-0444.
  • Mail the application and class schedule to:
    UI Service Center-DAT
    P O Box 10332
    Des Moines IA 50306-0332

While attending approved training, the claimant does not have to be available for work or search for work to continue to be eligible for UI benefits. However, they are required to file their weekly continued claims in order to continue to receive benefits. In addition, the claimant must be making satisfactory progress within the training program.

If the claimant stops training for any reason, they must notify IWD and stop calling in their weekly claim. 

Training Extension Benefits

Training Extension Benefits (TEB) is only payable after all UI benefits (both regular and extended benefits) are exhausted. TEB provides up to 26 weeks of additional UI benefits.  A claimant may be eligible to receive TEB if they are enrolled and are attending school or a training course approved by IWD. 

The claimant can submit a TEB application and will need to supply the name of the school, type of training, class schedule and the beginning and ending dates of training. A claimant can apply at any time for TEB while claiming benefits; the earlier the better in order to find out if they will be approved for the program. The claimant must apply before the end of their UI benefit year or within 30 days of exhausting UI benefits whichever is later. Approval or denial is always in writing and may appeal if the decision is a denial.  

The TEB application may be submitted in a variety of ways.

  • Take the application and class schedule to a local IowaWORKS Center (which is the preferred method).
  • Fax the application and class schedule to 515-242-0444.
  • Mail the application and class schedule to:
    UI Service Center-DAT
    P O Box 10332
    Des Moines IA 50306-0332

If the claimant stops training for any reason, they must notify IWD and stop calling in their weekly claim. 

The TEB application may be submitted in a variety of ways.

  • Take the application and class schedule to a local IowaWORKS Center  
  • Fax the application and class schedule to 515-242-0444. 
  • Mail the application and class schedule to:
    UI Benefits - TEB
    P.O. Box 10332
    Des Moines IA 50306-0332 

If the claimant stops training for any reason, they must notify IWD and stop calling in their weekly claim. 

Training Extension Benefits are Available to Individuals:

  • who meet the eligibility requirements for UI benefits 
  • who are laid-off or voluntarily separated from a Declining Occupation or involuntarily separated as a result of a permanent reduction of operations (must provide proof in writing from last employer) 
  • who are separated from an employer that was full-time hours 

Additional Requirements:

  • Training must be for an occupation that is considered to be a High Demand Occupation (HDO) as defined by IWD, or 
  • A high-tech occupation or training approved under the Workforce Investment Act (WIOA) 

A local IowaWORKS  Center can help a claimant research and find financial aid information but they should also review the following sources for further information:

IowaCollegeAid.org 

Iowa College Access Network

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 students apply for a Pell Grant scholarship. Pell Grant applications are available 24/7 at fafsa.ed.gov or by calling 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243). Last year’s income will need to be reported when applying, but the educational institution can also adjust your eligibility to reflect your current circumstances.

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