A Simple Unemployment Benefits FAQ
Due to COVID-19, many states have expanded unemployment benefit eligibility by waiving certain requirements. If you recently lost your job, were laid off, furloughed, or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.
The America Rescue Plan Act
On March 11, President Biden signed the America Rescue Plan Act to continue providing federal resources to those whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19. Read about how it works herehere.
Am I eligible for unemployment benefits?
Eligibility requirements vary from state-to-state. The Unemployment Benefits Finder is an easy way to find information about state benefits, your eligibility, and how to file a claim.
Filing online is the fastest option but many states also let you file by phone or—depending on your state’s response to COVID-19—in person.We recommend filing online or over the phone.
How are my unemployment benefits delivered?
Unemployment can be distributed via a direct deposit using a routing and account number (like the one Cash App provides), a prepaid debit card (these can be linked to Cash App), or by check.
For more information about how your state makes unemployment benefit payments, visit the Unemployment Benefits Finder.
Can i deposit my unemployment benefit check into my Cash App?
A subset of customers have the ability to deposit benefit checks to Cash App now. Additional customers will have the ability in the coming months.
Where can I find my Cash App routing and account number?
Tap the Banking tab on the bottom left of your Cash App home screen. Your Cash App works just like a bank account, so you can accept direct deposits using your routing and account number.
Direct deposits made to your Cash App account will arrive up to two days earlier than with many banks.
How do I link my unemployment prepaid debit card?
Tap the Banking tab on the bottom left of your Cash App home screen, then press Add Cash. Follow the prompts to link your card.
Does Cash App charge fees for receiving unemployment benefits?
Cash App does not charge any fees for receiving direct deposits.
What else can I do with Cash App?
If you can do it with money, chances are that you can do it with Cash App. In addition to letting you send cash instantly, Cash App comes with Boosts—instant discounts that work at grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and more. All you need is the free Cash Card. Order yours by following these steps.
What if someone offers to speed up my benefits?
If something looks too good to be true, it almost always is. Be wary of scams. Don’t click on links from unknown sources or accounts. Check and recheck the usernames and email addresses of people you engage with online. Don’t send money to someone you don’t know.