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Collecting Unemployment While in School

School, Work, Unemployment . . .?!

This post was submitted by Renees3 in our Ask Savvy group.

I worked for a company for six years. Dec. 21st I found out they decided to downsize my department and a bunch of others to zero. So I've joined the ranks of the unemployed. While I liked my job okay, I've decided I want to go to school. I'm 27 and have never been to college. I want to get my AA in accounting. But I honestly have no idea what to do now. I'm eligible for unemployment, can I get it while I go to school (a local community college)? I have a mortgage and bills to pay, I can't just not have money coming in. I know there are student loans, but I really don't want to get myself into major debt for just a couple years of school. I've thought maybe if I take night courses or online school (like University of Phoenix) I might still be able to collect unemployment. Does anyone know of any other options or ideas? Please help, I'm losing sleep over this.

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