Unemployment Compensation


Employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own or have their work hours reduced involuntarily may be eligible for UC benefits which provide partial, temporary income.

Exception: Students (e.g., student assistants, graduate assistants, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, residents) are not eligible for UC benefits due to Florida Statute 443.1216(2). Wages earned through any student employment while enrolled at UF are statutorily exempt from benefit consideration.

Application for Unemployment Benefits

Reemployment assistance benefits, formally known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online through the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

Payment of Benefits

Who pays for UC benefits at UF? UF is a Reimbursable Employer. The Department of Revenue pays UF’s unemployment charges and bills the university for reimbursement.

When do benefits start? Florida law requires an individual to serve a waiting week during which no UC benefits are paid. The waiting week is the first week that an individual files a claim and meets all eligibility requirements. Benefits are generally received three to four weeks after filing the claim and meeting all eligibility criteria.

Amount of benefits: Eligible individuals receive between $32 to $275 per week based on previous earnings. An individual’s work history determines the duration of her benefit eligibility

Denial of Benefits

Grounds for denial:

  • Quitting their job with UF, and UF was the last employer
  • Suspension/discharge for misconduct as defined by UC Law
  • On leave of absence by request
  • Received wages instead of termination notice
  • Is not able to, available for, and actively seeking work
  • Making false statement for benefits
  • Received wages while enrolled as student

Fraudulent Activity Information

Claimants filing for Reemployment Assistant must verify their identity through ID.me. Cases of fraud should be reported to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) through the fraud hotline at (1-800-342-9909), calling 1-833-352-7759, extension 4, Monday-Friday between 7:30a-6:30p EST, or the online fraud form.

To report any cases of fraud, please contact DEO:
The Fraud Hotline at 1-800-342-9909. The DEO information at 1-833-352-7759, extension 4, Monday-Friday between 7:30a-6:30p EST.  Via the Online Fraud Form.

Online Fraud Form Fraud FAQs

If you receive a check from DEO for a claim you did not submit, mark it “VOID,” copy it, and return it to:

The Department of Economic Opportunity
Benefit Payment Control
P.O. Drawer 5050
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5050

Contact DEO at 1-833-352-7759, Mon-Fri 7:30a-6:30p EST.

Protect against Identity Theft:

Refer to Florida’s Identity Theft Victim Kit and IRS resources.

Report suspected fraud to UFHR Unemployment Compensation at (352) 392-6615.

Additional Resources

Visit UF Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at https://www.eap.ufl.edu/.

Explore UF Careers at https://jobs.ufl.edu/.