Brief Summary of the Training Unemployment Insurance (TUI) program
The purpose of the TUI program is to allow eligible dislocated workers to attend school and receive unemployment insurance benefits at the same time so that they can continue to care for their families and obtain employment. The program does not pay for the training itself, however the program does waive the work search requirements while you attend school full time.
Up to 26 more weeks of UI benefits
An additional extension is available for TUI participants. Supplemental Unemployment for Dislocated Workers (SUD) can provide up to an additional 26 weeks of benefits while you are participating in approved training through the TUI program.
Types of training allowed
The program is designed for short-term training up to and including Associate degrees, except for Transfer degrees, or it may be used for a Vocational Training program. It is not generally designed for higher degree programs such as Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. The only exception is if you are 48 credits shy of your higher degree, you MAY be granted an exception.
How to apply
You will need to get the application from the UI Training Programs Unit and return it as quickly as possible. If you would like an application, call (800) 436-6191 and select option 1. Staff will explain the program in detail, answer any questions you may have, and mail you an application. You can also download the application here.
It can take up to 3 weeks for the review process and your claim will stop if you are already attending school. However, if approval is granted, it will be retroactive to the date the Training Programs Unit received the completed application, or the date you start school, whichever is later.
You will be notified in writing on whether you were approved or denied for the TUI program. If for some reason you are not approved, you will have appeal rights and will need to follow the instructions provided in your written determination on how to appeal if you disagree with the decision issued.
The Oregon Employment Department does not fund training under the TUI program. However, you may visit with your local WorkSource office and be referred to a dislocated worker program representative about any potential funding sources under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Please note that funding opportunities may be very limited or non-existent at this time. Additionally, any potential funding opportunities that are available will vary from county to county.
For additional information about the TUI program and how you may receive additional benefits in the form of SUD, contact the Training Programs Unit at (503) 947-1800 or toll free at (800) 436-6191 and select option 1.