So I filed, and received all of my info in the mail.
Do you want taxes taken out? Yes.
Do you want you benefits direct-deposited (Yet another nice Missouri function)? Yes.
So two weeks later I receive another letter telling me that someone from the State will be giving me a call about my claim. Fine, this has happened before. The guy calls, one of my former employers disputed the claim, but the guy says "This won't be a problem, I'll push it through." Cool.
One week later I get another letter. Same thing, someone will be calling on 7/22/03 to ask some questions. Blah, Blah, Blah. So I get the call today.
Mr. Sweeney, we've noticed on your claim you say that you've been attending class or training. Is this correct?
Yeah, I'm taking a class, trying to make up some credits.
She asks me a whole bunch of questions about where I was going, what I was taking, when I was taking it, and then the (what I soon learned was going to be) magic question popped up:
Mr. Sweeney, if a job opportunity arrose that would conflict with your schooling would you stop or withdraw from school to take the job?
I gave a long drawn out answer that basically reminded her that my schooling was almost over and it doesn't really conflict, or would not conflict at all so I don't see how this would be a problem.
Mr. Sweeney, yes or no, sir?
Yeah, I guess I would quit.
So with a couple more questions she wraps it up. "I'm going to send this information to my supervisor and we'll get back to you within 7-10 days if your claim is approved or denied." I say, "Wait, I could be denied just because I'm going to school?" She replies, "If we feel that you'll turn down a job because of school you would be denied. But I don't think that you should have a problem."
So after 4 weeks, it sounds like I'm getting my sweet 250 dollars a week (before taxes) very shortly.
Maybe it's just me, but I just can't understand how the government wouldn't want you to improve yourself by getting more education, therefore making it easier to get a job.