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How do I get an extra 26 weeks of Unemployment Insurance while I get training?

Produced by Greater Boston Legal Services
Reviewed February 2023

Follow these 6 steps:

Step #1

Apply:

  • Within 20 weeks after you start getting Unemployment, and
  • At least 3 weeks before the program starts.

Important

If you miss the 20 week deadline, you can still apply.  See Worksheet:Keeping track of information.

Step #2

Find a program that:

  • DUA has approved,  or
  • Is a full-time vocational program with a 70% placement rate that DUA can approve.

Any MassHIRE Career Center can help:

Step #3

Complete Form 1622 Training Opportunities Program (TOP) Application.
Get the TOP application:

  • through your UI Online Account, or
  • call the TOP Unit: 617-626-5221, or
  • go to any MassHIRE Career Center.

Note

Your training provider must complete part of the form.

Step #4

Submit your completed TOP application.

  • Through your UI Online account, scan and upload your application.
  • Fax: (617) 727-1797, or
  • Mail to:  DUA, Centralized TOP Unit
    19 Staniford Street
    Boston, MA 02114

Step #5

Wait to get approval from DUA before you begin training.

While you wait to hear from DUA keep doing:

  • full-time work search, and
  • certifying every week.

Step #6

Protect Your Extended Benefits

While you are in training:

  • Attend all your classes.
  • Certify weekly that you are in school.

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