Direct Deposit of UC Benefits
March 6, 2021 Direct Deposit Update:
Claimants who are filing an initial claim application via the UC website without providing a PIN will no longer be presented with the option of applying for Direct Deposit immediately after submitting their UC application. All initial claim payments will be issued by debit card or paper check.
These claimants should wait to receive their PIN in the mail to update their payment option to direct deposit.
If you have a checking or savings account, you can have your Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits electronically deposited into your account as long as your bank, credit union, savings and loan, etc., is able to receive direct deposits.
FAST - You will have your benefits directly deposited into your bank account right away.
CONVENIENT - You don’t have to take time to go to your financial institution or find a specific ATM each time you receive a benefit payment.
SAFE & RELIABLE - Benefits are directly deposited into your already existing bank account, without the need for another card in your wallet.
SIMPLE - It’s easy to begin and can be changed or stopped if necessary.
To complete a direct deposit request, you will need to have:
- The name and address of your financial institution
- Your account number
- Your routing number
- Financial institution phone number
If you have questions on completing this form or want to know about your options regarding payment methods, call the Pennsylvania Treasury Department’s Bureau of Unemployment Compensation Disbursements at 877-869-1956 (toll free). To better ensure accurate processing of your application, you should contact your financial institution to verify the routing number and account number used for direct deposit transactions.
Click here to start, change, or stop direct deposit. You will need your Social Security number and PIN to access this site.
- Was your account closed or your account information changed? Use the link to stop direct deposit as soon as possible so that payments are not forwarded to an old or incorrect account or delayed.
- If you do not have a direct deposit account, you will be issued a
debit card to access your benefits, but you may switch to direct deposit.
- Once direct deposit begins, payments will be directly deposited to the account you provided for the duration of your claim and generally, from claim to claim until you
change your direct deposit.
*Beware of fraudulent unemployment websites. Always ensure you are on our site when filing for benefits, changing your personal info, or signing up for direct deposit. We will never ask you to pay for UC services, or ask you for your credit information.
For detailed information on Direct Deposit, please see our Direct Deposit FAQs.