Q) I am enrolled full-time in college as a nursing student. I am currently working 20 hours a week. It is getting more difficult for me to keep up with school and work. Will I qualify for unemployment if I quit my 20 hour a week job? Tanya
A) Whether or not you qualify for unemployment benefits if you quit your job while enrolled as a nursing student depends on the specific circumstances and regulations in your jurisdiction.
In general, to be eligible for unemployment benefits, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own, such as through a layoff, reduction in workforce, or termination without cause. If you voluntarily quit your job, you may not be eligible for benefits, unless you can demonstrate that you had good cause to quit.
In some cases, quitting a job to attend school or pursue education may be considered good cause, but this can vary by jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of your situation. Additionally, if you quit your job to attend school, you may be required to demonstrate that you are available and actively seeking work, and that your school schedule does not interfere with your ability to accept suitable employment.
To determine your eligibility for unemployment benefits if you quit your job to attend nursing school, I would recommend that you contact your local unemployment office or review the eligibility criteria on their website. They can provide you with information on the specific regulations and requirements that apply in your jurisdiction, and help you understand what you need to do to apply for benefits.
In your situation you will not qualify for unemployment insurance benefits if you quit your job. In most cases, if you quit voluntarily, you are not eligible for these benefits. However, if you resign for good cause you may be able to collect unemployment benefits. Quitting your job because of school work is not a good cause to qualify for unemployment benefits. In general, having good cause for resigning means there are unsolvable problems with the work, which leave an employee with no other options beyond quitting. Additionally, it needs to be documented that the employer was made aware of the situation, and made no effort to rectify it.
Some examples of good cause are:
Unsafe work conditions
Lack of payment
Change in job duties