Trade Adjustment Assistance Program Benefits

If your TAA Counselor cannot locate suitable employment for you, retraining to acquire marketable skills may be an option.

On-the-Job training (OJT) is approvable if your training meets certain guidelines. Your TAA Counselor will assist you. The TAA program will reimburse your OJT employer up to 50% of your basic starting full time wage during OJT. This may help you get the job over other candidates. The program will purchase tools and uniforms for you, if the OJT employer doesn’t usually furnish these items.

If you choose occupational training, your training must lead to a specific occupational/educational goal (certification, degree, etc.). If approved, the TAA program will pay for the total cost of your training (including tuition, fees, required books and tools, and necessary supplies).
Job Search Allowance   
The TAA Program may reimburse your travel expenses to attend a scheduled, verified interview with an employer if you must travel over 20 miles to the interview. Reimbursable costs include transportation, food and lodging.    
Relocation Allowance   
If you accept employment at a long distance from your current residence, the TAA program may reimburse the cost to relocate your family and your household to a new residence closer to your job (within the United States). Reimbursement can include the cost of hiring a commercial moving contractor, the cost of travel for you and your family to your new home (including meals and lodging along the way), and temporary storage of your household goods, if necessary.    

Trade Readjustment Allowances (TRA)

Trade Readjustment Allowances are income benefits that may be up to the amount of your weekly state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. You may be eligible to receive TRA benefits if you are enrolled in training or are actively searching for work. TRA benefits are not paid until you have exhausted all of your UI benefits.    
Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA)
Reemployment Trade Adjustment Assistance (RTAA)
ATAA/RTAA is a partial replacement of wages lost by a worker who accepts employment paying less than your their previous wage. You must be at least 50 years of age when you become reemployed; and you must be employed within the ATAA/RTAA eligibility period. However, ATAA/RTAA recipients are not eligible to receive TRA.   


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