Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program
TRA payments provide a weekly allowance for your living expenses while you go to school full-time. TRA is a special extension of your unemployment insurance (UI) that pays an amount similar to your weekly unemployment check. There are three extensions of TRA to help you get through your training program:
To be eligible for TRA you must be:
You must be enrolled in training or your TAA Career Planner must waive your enrollment requirement by your training approval deadline, which is 26 weeks (approximately six months) from either your layoff date, or the date of your company's TAA certification by the U.S. Department of Labor, whichever is later.
If the petition number begins 98000 or higher, you must enroll or be waived by 8 weeks from the certification date or 16 weeks from the last day of work.
If you did not attend an orientation, or you were not informed of your deadline date, call (888) 258-9966.
REMEMBER: Your TAA Career Planner will help you through this process, but you must take steps to meet this 26-week deadline or you will likely lose your TRA benefit payments.
The TAA program requires you to be enrolled full-time in TAA-approved training by your 26 or 8 or 16-week deadline. However, in certain circumstances, your TAA Career Planner may approve a waiver, which gives you more time to enroll and start your training program.
You must either be enrolled in your training program or have received a waiver by your 26 or 8 or 16-week deadline. Your TAA Career Planner will help you through this process, but you must take steps to meet this 26-week deadline or you will likely lose your TRA payments forever.
Working while attending school is allowed, with some limitations. Work with your TAA Career Planner to determine how many hours you can work without reducing TRA payments.