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New York has a special program for people on unemployment who wish to go to college or training schools. The short answer is, yes, you can do it, but you must get the course approved by Unemployment first, and it must be completed within 24 months.
Read about the program here: http://www.labor.state.ny.us/ui/claimantinfo/599Program.shtm
I was employed by New Jersey that is why I'm receiving benefits from them. Can you please advise how I can get the course approved through New Jersey Unemployment? I can't seem to reach anyone by phone. Thank you.
You did not state that it was in NJ in your question, my apologies.
NJ is not as friendly as NY with the benefits for college. It does have a program wherein you can do remedial education or a vocational program for up to 26 weeks if you were unable to find a job while on unemployment. See it here on page 94:
All of that said, if you can meet the other requirements for unemployment, that you are willing and able to work, you can still collect unemployment and go to school. But that generally means that you would have to be willing to leave school and take a job if it arose.
There is a tuition waiver program in NJ for unemployed individuals. See it here: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/wfprep/aidgrant/Financial_index.html