Colorado Unemployment Extension - EUC08 Tier 1

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.

If your Colorado unemployment benefits run out you might be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 1 EUC08: 20 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, in most cases you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

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# Joan 2011-09-06 09:12
I am currently collecting unemployment (from Colorado) where I am residing (South Carolina) and only have $105 left in my initial account. How do I apply for an extension???? I can't reach anyone in person by phone and have become very frustrated. I am concerned my unemployment will stop and I will sink!
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# Jim 2011-12-29 12:04
I will run out of my unemployment benefits on January 10, 2012 and cannot get through to the Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment at this time. The website says I must run out of regualar benefits by December 24, 2011 in order to qualify for Federal Extended benefits?? I have been Job Attached for the time of my unemployment and it does not appear the company who could call me back will be open by the time my benefits end. Please let me know how I can apply for extended benefits so they do not lapse as I have no other source of income at this time.
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# Dana 2012-01-16 21:26
I was told I need to apply for an extension and that as soon as my regular/.initial benefits run up they will not be automatically extended. I do not see the application for extended benefits on the website. The lady at Unemployment told me it was called federal emergency benefits application. I was not able to reach her for my question. The only form I could find was called State Extended benefits claim review. The process for this situation , is not clear at all. Can someone help please? I am living on assistance and have not found work. I need to do everything I can to ensure that I get an extension. Thanks to anyone that can help me.
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# joni 2012-05-04 08:20
I wanted to post a response about the extended benefits because I was lucky enough to get through and speak to a very helpful staff member! you need to go here and complete the application to move from regular benefits to tier 1. then if you need to move to between the various tiers, it will happen automatically. its a much quicker application than the initial app, and my extension went through literally overnight. also, if you do ever get through, frustrated as you may justifiably be, being nice to the poor person who answers the phone goes a very, very, very long way! hope this helps someone!
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# Val 2012-08-19 14:25
Does anyone know if you need to use up all of your regular unemployment beneits before you can file for tier one I am unable to complete the online application and I have one week left only. Thanks
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# Mack 2012-09-17 21:09
I was never informed that my benefits were "exhausted" until the funds never got deposited into my account. A few extremely stressful and depressing days after I realized that I wasn't going to receive any more money, I got a letter in the mail stating that I may be eligible for the Tier 1 EUC or whatever. Now I have completed all of the online steps to be eligible for Tier 1 with the exception of the one-on-one meeting requirement. I have three questions:
1. Do I really have to wait until someone contacts me to set up an appointment, or can I go in to one of the workforce offices and meet with someone that day? I really cannot wait for days or weeks until someone gets around to contacting me.
2. Once the one-on-one meeting is set up and completed, how long will it take before the money starts to be deposited in my account again?
3. One of the requirements is to complete the "Work Search Log" worksheet with at least 6 contacts per week. It says I have to bring my last 6 weeks of the Work Search Log when I come to the meeting. I did not have this form until I started to apply for Tier 1, therefore I do not have 6 weeks worth of this form filled out. Are they going to deny my extension because of this? Are they going to make me wait 6 weeks before I can have my meeting so that I will have these forms filled out? Or can I just bring whatever search records I do have for the past 6 weeks so they can tell me what I am doing wrong?
I am freaking out over here. I have debt collectors calling me all day every day. This past week a debt collector forced me to post-date a check that is coming out of my bank account this Friday and as of right now I have $2.32 in my bank account, and the worst part is I have no idea when or if I am going to be able to get anymore unemployment compensation. The local workforce office is opening at 7:30 tomorrow so I am going to be waiting at the door when they open it. If you know the answers to any of these questions or any way I might expedite the process I would really appreciate it
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# Jim 2012-11-21 02:11
you can go to the unemployment office on wed between one and four I think. They have a hotline number that you can call the people in Denver on. Its a direct line. Call your local employment office and ask them what day and time they do calls to UI in Denver. I did it here where I live in La Junta and I was in and out in 30 minutes and the guy I talked to answered my question and also got me registered for extended benefits. Trust me, it is the best way to go. And just go to the ui office. They will tell you what you need. E mail me when you get a chance.
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# Ernie 2012-10-23 05:27
I ran out of my Colorado unemployment benefits this week. Will they automatically start me on Tier 1 federal extension benefits since Colorado no longer does state extended benefits? I went to the Tier 1 federal extension link, and it is not coming up anymore. it just takes me back to the regular state unemployment benefits start page i did from the beginning when i first applied. but that is NOT for the federal extension benefits, so i canceled out of it when i was part way through.
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# JC 2013-02-07 12:39

I've exhausted my regular benefits and will be moving to tier 1 EUC benefits next week. My last benefits check only had 1 weeks worth of pay on it and it set me back a bit. Will I receive an EUC benefits check with the missing week?
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# Stacy S. Eckenrode 2016-07-24 20:16
My 20 week unemployment benefits are running out. I want to apply for EUB 2008. How do I know if I am eligible for them. It states to contact my employment counselor but I do not have one. Thank you 303 884 1246
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