Below is the text of the Claimant Training Notification Letter.
Pell Grants – Unemployment Insurance Approved Training
I am writing to inform you that unemployed workers who are receiving unemployment insurance
(UI) benefits may be eligible for federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants, that can be used to pay
for job training or education. This letter does not affect your ongoing UI eligibility requirements
and is not a guarantee of financial assistance through Pell Grants or workforce training programs.
It is intended to advise you of reemployment services available and the potential for education or
Pell Grants are needs-based, and your eligibility for these grants depends on the total income of
your family. Pell Grants cover up to $5,350 in degree-related education and training expenses.
The grants are accepted at most universities, community colleges, and trade or technical schools.
Even if you are not eligible for a Pell Grant, you may be eligible for other types of financial
aid—go to www.opportunity.gov for more information.
If you are interested in pursuing federal financial aid opportunities, here are the steps to take:
• Apply to an education or training program and apply for financial aid. Texas
Workforce Centers and local colleges can help you apply for a Pell Grant and other federal
financial aid. An application is available at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by calling
1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243). Please be aware that Texas Workforce Center and
Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) UI staff do not review or approve Pell Grant
• Take this letter with you to the school you select. For the next 90 days, this letter will
confirm that you are receiving UI benefits. While it does not guarantee you a Pell Grant,
your school will use this letter to assist in determining your eligibility. After 90 days, or if
you misplace this letter, you may provide alternate evidence that you are receiving UI
benefits, such as a printout from TWC’