This article was last updated on March 23
The Biden ARP stimulus bill continues the supplementary $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment that was already in place for another 25 weeks. In most states this will cover the benefit weeks ending March 20th, 2021 to September 4th, 2021. Eligibility criteria is the same as earlier FPUC payments where the claimant has to be getting $1 from any underlying regular state or federally funded unemployment benefit program during the 25 week coverage period.
Most states are expected to see little to no lapse in payments for active claimants. But those whose benefits do lapse after the week of March 15th, they may have to wait for states to update their IT systems to process the 25-weeks extension. Any payments will be retroactively caught up for eligible weeks.
Do I need to take any action to be paid the $300 FPUC?
Like prior FPUC weekly payments, you won’t have to to take any additional action to receive this supplemental payment from your state UI agency. Just continue to file your claim each week for the unemployment benefit you are currently receiving and the supplementary payment will be added to that (including retroactive back payments) once your state agency updates their systems to make this payment.
I will continue to update the payment tracker table below and this article as state unemployment agencies update their systems. It is expected most states will be making these payments, including any back payments by mid-April per DOL guidelines. Some will pay out sooner rather than later, and active claimants will get paid first.
Payment Status for PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC Under ARP Sep 2021 Extension
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|$300 Weekly FPUC for active claims?||PUA Extended Weeks Applied?||PEUC Extended Weeks Applied?|
|California||Y||From April 10th||By April 30th|
|District of Columbia||Y||N||N|
|Florida||Y||From April 4th||Y|
|Pennsylvania||Y (Partial)||Y (Partial)||Y (Partial)|
Were PUA and PEUC extended? Both PUA and PEUC programs were also extended (see details here) until September 6th, 2021. Additional weeks will cover people who have exhausted their current weeks or balance. See this article on what actions you may have to take to get these UI extensions, which will then enable you to get the $300 FPUC payment.
11-week Unemployment Extension under CAA Bill to March 14th 2021
The new $900 billion COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Package has now been passed by Congress and signed into law by the President. Among other enhanced unemployment programs (PUA and PEUC) it includes an extra $300 FPUC supplementary UI payment. The supplementary payment will provide up to 11 weeks of weekly payments and is expected to cover the weeks of Dec 27th, 2020 until March 14th, 2021. The actual payment date for these 11 weeks of extra payments (a maximum of $3,630) will begin a few weeks after the program start date and payments will be made retroactively.
The weekly $300 FPUC payment will be on top of any regular unemployment and require eligible claimants to certify regularly according to their state UI agency guidelines. The Department of Labor (DOL) will shortly issue final guidelines on payments and eligibility (as done with the original $600 FPUC program that expired in July 2020) and any delayed payments will be retroactively reimbursed. I will update dates/status in the table below as states implement these guidelines and start making making payments.
As a reminder, here is how most states are starting the extended enhanced unemployment payments as they update their systems to process extended claims for those who had exhausted their benefits or wanted to file a new claim on or after December 27th, 2020:
- Claimants who were receiving PUA, PEUC or EB (Extended Benefits) when the programs originally ended Dec. 26 and still had weeks left of eligibility should not see an interruption in payments, and have continued to be paid benefits in addition to the $300 FPUC as long as they were otherwise eligible.
- Claimants who had exhausted their PUA benefits or PEUC benefits on or prior to Dec. 26 and are eligible for benefits will begin receiving payments for the $300 FPUC by mid-January (see state tracker)
Irrespective of when your state starts making payments, they will include retroactive payments to week ending January 2, 2021 (Start of extension period) if eligible. In order to be paid, you must have weekly certifications on file. Claimants who are still unemployed should continue to file their weekly certifications, so that payments can be made to eligible claimants as soon as state UI systems are updated to being processing the additional payments.
PUA, PEUC and $300 FPUC Weekly Unemployment Payment Status (CAA 11-weeks)
Table Notes: $300 FPUC Weekly Unemployment Stimulus Payment Status by State Tracker. A Maximum of 11 weeks (Dec 27th, 2020 to March 14th, 2021) can be paid under this program and you must be getting $1 from existing program during coverage period. State labor and unemployment departments are slowly rolling out extended UI changes in batches by claimant groups. One of the last groups are those who have exhausted their benefits before Dec 27th and will need to wait till PUA and PEUC changes are implemented before getting the $300 FPUC (see why in this article). Where available I have broken up payment start dates by group. If you cannot see the table clearly, click here and scroll down.
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Payment Status, Dates and Roll-out Schedule
|Alabama||January 6th - Paying benefits to active claimants and those who have exhausted benefits and eligible for extended coverage period.|
|Alaska||No update as of Jan 11th. Still waiting to implement DOL guidelines for UI extension|
|Arizona||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Arkansas||No update as of Jan 21th. DOL guidelines have been provided, but the state UI agency (ADWS) has provided very limited updates (last one of Jan 7th) and is presumably in the middle of updating their state UI systems to process payments. Until that time, they are asking folks to hold questions and refrain from calling their local offices or Hotline with questions regarding the extensions or changes. Claimants will receive notices with information specific to their UI claim status.|
|California||Jan 3rd (for active claimants with with regular UI or FED-ED extension ) and Jan 10th (for those also getting extended PUA, PEUC)|
|Colorado||CDLE still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions. (estimated end of January)|
|Connecticut||Claimants will begin receiving payment upon filing their claims beginning on Jan 3, 2021. (source: CDOL)|
|Delaware||January 4th, 2021|
|District of Columbia||DES is still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions (estimated end of January)|
|Florida||January 12, paying out claims. DEO also says it’s still working on implementing the continuation of PEUC and PUA for claimants who had exhausted benefits (may see delays in $300 payment for this group)|
|Georgia||January 2nd (for active claimants getting regular UI). Those on State Extended Benefits (SEB) and PEUC claims will get $300FPUC released after 01/12/21. PUA and PEUC claimants have exhausted benefits should not file a new claim, but should continue to request weekly payments via UI portal. Once GDOL updates systems they will make back payments for eligible weeks.|
|Hawaii||Jan 11th, Paying active PUA claimants that have certified eligible claims for the week ending Jan 2nd, 2021. Eligible claimants that can certify claims on Sunday, Jan 9 for the week ending Jan 8th will also have their claims processed, including $300 FPUC. (HDOL)|
|Idaho||Starting the week ending Jan 2, 2021|
|Illinois||Confirmed January 7th. Paying from the week ending Jan 2, 2021 for all programs|
|Indiana||DWD began paying the additional $300 available through CAUWA on regular UI claims on Jan. 8, 2021 (still to pay those who have need to reapply for extended coverage period)|
|Iowa||January 15th (Estimated)|
|Kansas||No payments as of Jan 12th, official update is they are still updating systems based on DOL guidance|
|Kentucky||No payments as of Jan 12th, official statement is “We are going to have to, with the new CARES Act, go in and reprogram because they (the federal government) changed, once again, who qualifies for this extra $300."|
|Louisiana||Paying all benefits now. Per the Louisiana Works website, you can start or reopen a claim for unemployment insurance now to get the extension coverage. If you already have an active unemployment claim, just continue the weekly claim certification process. If you have already filed an unemployment claim due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you do NOT need to call the LWC. Login and check your Message Center for important details.|
|Maine||Week Jan 2nd (active claims): Week of Jan 10th ( Claimants who had exhausted their PUA benefits including or prior to Dec. 26); Jan 17th (Claimants who had exhausted their original PEUC benefits including or prior to Dec. 26) (source: Maine DOL)|
|Massachusetts||January 6th. The additional $300 was added to weekly benefit payments for the week ending Jan 2nd. PUA claimants will receive their FPUC payments beginning Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 (retro to Jan 2nd)|
|Michigan||From January 12th (for those getting regular/EB unemployment). From Jan 17th for PUA and PEUC claimants with active and remaining claim balances as of Dec 27th, 2020 Those PUA and PEUC claimants who had exhausted benefits prior to Dec 26th have to wait till programs/systems are update to file/reopen claims. No action and need to wait for updates from Michigan UIA.|
|Minnesota||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Mississippi||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Missouri||January 18th for regular UI/EB recipients only. PUA and PEUC recipients are still waiting. Keep certifying if have an active claim balance. (Source : MO Division of Employment Security (DES))|
|Montana||January 5th - added to recipient’s state weekly benefit amount (source: Montana DOL)|
|Nebraska||January 8th, 2021|
|Nevada||January 6th (active claimants). Those who exhausted benefits will have to wait until system updates are done to reopen PUA/PEUC claims (expected end of Jan)|
|New Hampshire||January 5th (Source : NHES)|
|New Jersey||NJ DOL experiencing delays and challenges in implementing $300 payment. Those currently collecting UI, PUA & PEUC will see $300 FPUC hit accounts from Jan 19th (estimated) and towards late Jan/early Feb for those who exhausted benefits prior to December 27th and need to reopen/refile for extended coverage. (See details in this video)|
|New Mexico||January 18th (estimated)|
|New York||Starting the Week of January 3rd
|North Carolina||January 6th (active claimants)|
|North Dakota||Still making update to systems for PUA and PEUC recipients. ND Job Service expects to roll this out by the end of Jan 2020 (including retroactive payments)|
|Ohio||ODJFS is issuing FPUC payments as of 01/16/201 for those with active PUA, PEUC and Regular UI claims and who can certify. Those who had exhausted PUA or PEUC benefits won't receive the $300 until they can file claims following system updates that will only happen in February. All claimants will eventually receive all benefits they are eligible for.|
|Oklahoma||Jan 7th for active claimants and PUA/PEUC claimants who had NOT exhausted benefits as of Dec 27th. OK OESC estimates that starting on January 25th will starting pay out the $300 federal compensation to all remaining claimants. (source: OESC)|
|Oregon||January 7th, 2021 (active claimants)|
|Pennsylvania||Starting from Tues., January, 12 (for regular UC and EB recipients). PUA and PEUC programs are being updated to allow the extended payments to be applied for existing and newly eligible claimants. Do not file a new claim and await for instructions from PA L&I DOL|
|Rhode Island||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|South Carolina||January 9th|
|South Dakota||January 13th|
|Tennessee||Starting the Week of January 3rd|
|Texas||January 7th (regular UI). Texas TWC still updating systems for individuals unable to request payment due to having exhausted their (PUA, PEUC, EB) claims prior to Dec 26th, TWC will send them updated information once system updates have been made - no action needed now.|
|Utah||Jan 7th - Paying to Regular UI and PUA claimants. PEUC claimants to start later in January (source: Utah DWS)|
|Vermont||January 11th; New PUA claimants must complete an initial application for benefits before filing a weekly claim. Individuals in regular UI have already been able to file for the PEUC extension, which went live on January 3rd. Existing PUA and PEUC can file weekly claims to receive the $300 payment. (Source : Vermont DOL)|
|Virginia||01/08/2021 for UI and PEUC. The target date for implementation is 01/14/2021 for PUA with active claims/balances. PUA and PEUC claimants who exhausted benefits before 12/27 will only be able to reopen/reactivate claims after 1/29/2021, due to to delays in system updates by VEC.|
|Washington||Will issue payment for the first two weeks on Jan. 15, 2021 (source: ESD WA)|
|West Virginia||Starting the Week of January 3rd for all eligible recipients. You will need to reopen claim if had a gap in your filing and exhausted benefits before 12/26/20 and your initial claim year has not ended. (see WV instructions)|
|Wisconsin||Started from January 15th (active claimants).|
Sate unemployment offices will need to wait for federal guidance, via the Department of Labor, to determine how to administer new benefits to residents. Some experts have already predicted it will take three to six weeks to roll out the latest unemployment enhancements included in the COVID relief rescue package.