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Payment of Benefits

First Benefit Payment

If you are eligible for benefits and file timely weekly claims, you should receive your first benefit payment within three weeks after filing your application for benefits. Because of the Waiting Week, your first weekly claim will not result in a payment.

Please be aware that your Financial Determination alone does not entitle you to benefits. A review of your employment history and reason for separation from employment must be done to determine if you meet all of the eligibility requirements specified in the Law. This eligibility review and determination process could take several weeks.

How Benefits Are Paid

Benefits are paid to you by debit card or direct deposit. If you received UC benefits on a prior claim by direct deposit within a year before you filed your current application for benefits, and the bank account previously used for direct deposit is still active, direct deposit will carry over to your current UC claim. If the bank account you used previously was closed or you need to make changes, you should request to stop direct deposit. If you stop direct deposit you will be switched to a debit card unless you provide new bank information.

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. It takes time for direct deposit to begin. In the meantime, benefits will continue to be paid to you through your debit card.

Please visit for online forms and instructions on choosing between direct deposit and debit card. If you have any questions about your payment method call the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, at 877 869 1956 before you file your weekly claim.

Payment Funds Schedule

If you file your regular unemployment weekly or biweekly claim on:

    • Sunday = funds available by Tuesday
    • Monday = funds available by Wednesday
    • Tuesday = funds available by Thursday
    • Wednesday = funds available by Friday
    • Thursday = funds available by Monday
    • Friday or Saturday = funds available by Tuesday

Note: Payments may be delayed if there is an eligibility issue that must be resolved before payment can be made.

Getting Information About Your Benefits

Recent Payment Information: To find out if a recent benefit payment was made to you, log on to the PA UC System and access this information from your dashboard.

Your Payment History: If you have exhausted your entitlement to benefits and need documentation that you are no longer receiving benefits, view payment history. Log on to the PA UC System and access this information from your dashboard.

Maintaining Your Eligibility for Benefits

UC Handbook home page

How Weekly Benefits May be Reduced