When Will The Extra $300 Weekly FPUC Unemployment Stimulus Start Being Paid in My State?

This article was last updated on January 6

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.

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$300 FPUC Weekly Unemployment Stimulus Payment Status

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. Note that payment date may only certain groups (e.g. active claimants with balances. Those who have exhausted their benefits will need to wait till PUA and PEUC changes are implemented to then get 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

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Payment Status, Dates and Roll-out Schedule
AlabamaJanuary 6th
AlaskaNo update as of Jan 11th. Still waiting to implement DOL guidelines for UI extension
ArizonaStarting the Week of January 3rd
ArkansasNo update as of Jan 11th. Still waiting to implement DOL guidelines for UI extension (source: AK DWS)
CaliforniaJan 3rd (for active claimants with with regular UI or FED-ED extension ) and Jan 10th (for those also getting extended PUA, PEUC)
ColoradoCDLE still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions. (estimated end of January)
ConnecticutClaimants will begin receiving payment upon filing their claims beginning on Jan 3, 2021. (source: CDOL)
DelawareJanuary 4th, 2021
District of ColumbiaDES is still updating systems to process $300 and PUA/PEUC extensions (estimated end of January)
FloridaJanuary 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)
GeorgiaJanuary 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.
HawaiiJan 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)
IdahoStarting the week ending Jan 2, 2021
IllinoisConfirmed January 7th. Paying from the week ending Jan 2, 2021 for all programs
IndianaDWD 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)
IowaJanuary 15th (Estimated)
KansasNo payments as of Jan 12th, official update is they are still updating systems based on DOL guidance
KentuckyNo 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."
LouisianaJanuary 4th (active claimants)
MaineWeek 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)
MarylandJanuary 5th
MassachusettsJanuary 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)
MichiganFrom January 12th (for those getting regular/EB unemployment). PUA and PEUC programs/systems being updated (active and exhausted claims). No action and need to wait for updates.
MinnesotaStarting the Week of January 3rd
MississippiStarting the Week of January 3rd
MissouriJanuary 18th (estimated)
MontanaJanuary 5th - added to recipient’s state weekly benefit amount (source: Montana DOL)
NebraskaJanuary 8th, 2021
NevadaJanuary 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 HampshireJanuary 5th (Source : NHES)
New JerseyThose currently collecting PUA & PEUC will see $300 FPUC hit accounts Jan 12th.

For those whose benefits expired on Dec 26 or later will see a lapse in benefit payments (incl $300) while NJDOL reprograms systems. No date provided for completion
New MexicoJanuary 18th (estimated)
New YorkStarting the Week of January 3rd
North CarolinaJanuary 6th (active claimants)
North Dakota
OhioODJFS expects to be able to issue FPUC payments by the third week in January (some active/regular UI are able to get it form this week per comments). Existing PUA claimants will also be able to certify/file weekly claims and get $300 by third week in January. New PUA and PEUC applicants will only be paid in late Jan after system updates (date to be confirmed).
OklahomaJan 7th (active claimants). Also, on January 24, OESC will pay out the $300 federal compensation to the entire group.
OregonJanuary 7th, 2021 (active claimants)
PennsylvaniaStarting 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 IslandStarting the Week of January 3rd
South CarolinaJanuary 9th
South DakotaJanuary 13th
TennesseeStarting the Week of January 3rd
TexasJanuary 7th
UtahJan 7th - Paying to Regular UI and PUA claimants. PEUC claimants to start later in January (source: Utah DWS)
VermontJanuary 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)
Virginia01/08/2021 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.
WashingtonWill issue payment for the first two weeks on Jan. 15, 2021 (source: ESD WA)
West VirginiaStarting 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)
WisconsinNo clear date defined other than DWD saying - "We anticipate starting payments within a few weeks."
WyomingJanuary 16th

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.

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30 thoughts on “When Will The Extra $300 Weekly FPUC Unemployment Stimulus Start Being Paid in My State?

  1. I was collecting unemployment from Dec. 20 through January10, but went back to work temporarily on the week of January 11-18. Will I receive the extra $300 a week from the two weeks I was eligible? Or, because I went back to work on the week they started processing payments do I get screwed out of it again? When the extra $600 was being paid, I didn’t get laid off until the day it ended. My employer knew ahead of time that I was getting laid off but had issued a letter of reasonable assurance only to change their mind when the stimulus ended. The same thing happened the first time the extra $300 was offered. They brought me back to work just enough hours so I wouldn’t qualify, then laid me off again.

  2. My PUA Claim had a zero balance as of 12/13/20. I filed a new claim and it say ineligible due to monetary determination. 0.00 but it only took the information as regular UI it will not let my file for PUA. Please advise. Last time you had to go not a PUA portal after you were denied regular UI. I don’t know what to do? Should I file another claim?

  3. I exhausted all my michigan pua on dec 5th. I was told i dont need to do anything they will reopen it is that true or do i have to reapply

  4. Andy I think I have a question no one have asked yet. I live in Va and I had a balance of 785.00 dollars left sunday night (1/3/21) when I tried to put my claim in for Pecu, (But it wouldn’t go through) .So I tried today and now its saying that my balance is 0 and its not allowing me to put in my weekly claim as well….

      1. I have a PUA claim with money still on it but i can’t cerifty what can’t do my weakly claim

  5. My benefit year end date was12/26/20 I have exhausted my benefits. I noticed recently my benefit end date changed to 03/14/21. What I’m unsure of is do I wait to automatically get an extension or do I reapply. It does not allow me to file a weekly claim because it says my benefits have exhausted. I have a $0 balance.

    1. You will automatically get it if you get any other form for unemployment. State UI agencies are updating their systems to make payments. Your state UI agency will send updates and may require additional documentation’s

  6. I got re approved for pua and says 195.00 BUT it only says from Dec. 27 thru Jan 30…what happens to the 11 weeks
    ..will that somehow change as we go?

  7. Hi Andy. I just applied for and was approved for pandemic UI assistance…PUA benefits.
    It tells me 195.00 starting dec 27th but ends jan 30th.
    Will they change that at some point to the 11 weeks and add the extra 300.00 on automatically….or did i apply incorrectly and ill only get payments for four weeks.?
    Thsnk you

    1. You will see the extra $300 added in the additions column once after certifying and approved (Paid).

      1. I was re approved after having to update after my benefits were exhausted dec 27th. FYI…PUA was what i wss approved for and for 195.00. It stated i could start to certify today dec 4th but when i tried it wouldn’t let me.
        Also instead of benefits ending in 11 weeks it says only 1 month….any idea why these two things are happening. Thanx

  8. I’m confused and can’t find answers anywhere, my state (ohio) UI ended Dec 26, but it has yet to tell me I have exhausted my benefits, and tells me I need to file my next claim on Jan. 3rd, but I have no funds left to file on! Will I need to file for the 11 week extension?

    1. Keep filing/certifying. States are in the process of updating systems and awaiting final DOL guidelines. You will get paid retroactively for any missed weeks you were eligible

      1. Hi. I am in PA – I was informed that I had to refile my existing claim that ended also on December 26th – so you have to go into file a new claim/existing claim and all your former information will come up to verify – there is some new information you will have to respond to and maybe upload the docs again…then you will get another approval and a NEW claim number. And yes, my first
        filing (without funds) is Sunday as well – but you are filing in order to have the funds put into your account (or debit card) – and it starts again. The only question I have is when it went through and I got an approval – it said it was only going to start on December 26, 2020 and only go to January 30, 2021 – so only one month???? Maybe they have to do something else so I get it for the extended period of 11 weeks. That I’m not sure of, but I’ve put that into a question here – we will see what the answer is. I hope this helps.

    2. Does it say (Active) on your FPUA certification home page? You may have to reactivate your unemployment status. You still need to be eligible for unemployment benefits right now too for the extra $300.

  9. What I am wondering about is all that time after the extended benefits ran out and we only received $100 a week will the $300 new stimulus a week retroactively cover those weeks as well or just a flat 11 weeks from December 26 on?

  10. Andy…to make this clear.
    Being that our self employed unemployment balance was zero before December 26th
    Will there be an extension of the self employed benefits

    Example. 195.00 self employed unemployment benefits…plus we received
    600.00 stimulus both weekly
    Now Will we still get weekly the 195.00 still
    plus the new 300.00 weekly even tho our self employed unemployment funds ran out a week b4 December 26th.
    In other words Will we get both the 195.00 and the 300.00 weekly even tho the benefits have been exhausted.

    1. This is like mine, my benefits were 0 by dec 13th, but I filed a new claim and it say ineligible and I can not file a PUA claim. What do I do next?

  11. Hello Andy,

    Like the previous commenter, I am having trouble trying to find answers in regards to completing a new claim for the extended benefits. I already have been receiving payments from pua and I still have a balance. So I believe you said that we do not need to complete a new claim if we have an existing claim that still has a balance. Is that correct?
    On my message area on the UI site, it said something about reapplying before midnight on the 26th if the benefits were not extended. Now that message has disappeared. I just do not want to be wasting time. I am sure alot of us are wondering the same thing. It seems like we are having to wait for updated instructions from the DOL? Hoping that we do not have to file new claims. That just seems like it would take so much longer.
    Thank you for all your help. It is greatly appreciated during these difficult times.
    Take care.

  12. Andy…I have a question no one seems to address..

    If you were already approved for and receiving the self employment stimulus payments which expired December 26 th 2020….do you need to apply again or will the funds continue to go into the same originally opened claim. If a new claim is required where do you do that….PA


    1. You should continue to get paid if you had an existing balance/claim. It may take a week or two to get the continuing payments for the 11 extra weeks. Final guidelines should be out soon, so want to caveat that states may decide to get everyone to reapply (to combat fraud) or require a reactivation. So watch your emails/text closely and I will update as well. You can see this page for state specific updates – https://www.savingtoinvest.com/unemployment-benefits-resources-federal-enhanced-programs-pua-peuc-puc-and-latest-updates/

      1. The balance ran out on dec 26…so I can assume people like myself may have to start completely over …applying again but we can’t do that now….but we will be advised what and when to do it from the government or our State

        You have been the only person able to respond to my questions ….and I’m asking for a number of others who have no idea what to do now….we thank you so much


        1. Correct. Sate unemployment offices will need to wait for federal guidance, via the Department of Labor, to determine how to confirm payment of the new benefits. This could take 2 to 4 weeks (depends on states). Hopefully sooner, but any eligible payments will be made retroactively.

        2. Once you are reactivated or are still eligible to receive unemployment benefits and are active on the FPUA certification website, you will see your benefits balance remaining and will receive the $300 retroactive pay and then $300 a week in the additions column.

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