Unemployment benefit reduction

I am currently a student receiving work-study funds. My UI benefits are reduced by the amount I receive from work-study. The university told me that Oregon cannot do this because work-study is a grant, not earned income. Oregon UI Dept says that I do have to claim it and it reduces my benefits. I want to get a nonbiased answer if I can.

Asked on June 25, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Your work-study earnings are considered taxable income.

However, while I am not sure if they should reduce your UI benefits, one factor may be the amount of hours that you are enrolled in school. If you are enrolled less than full-time, your earnings may be subject to UI taxes.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.