Unemployment Waiver

In an effort to address the need for workforce development and career programs that prepare unemployed county residents for employment, Reading Area Community College created Policy 733, Retraining for Unemployed Individuals Due to Plant Closings and/or Layoffs.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. At the time of their being laid off, students must be either: (a) residents of Berks County, or (b) affected by a Berks County business or industry plant closing or layoff.
  2. Students may enroll for a maximum of one term on a tuition-free basis. Students enrolling in a non-credit course or program can receive a tuition waiver equivalent to the tuition charges for a full-time credit student. College staff will assist students in an attempt to secure the necessary financial aid to continue their education.
  3. Costs such as fees, textbooks and supplies must be paid by the student.
  4. Students must have been laid off, permanently or indefinitely, from a permanent, full-time position within 12 months prior to the time they make application for the program.


NOTE: To receive the proper waiver for this policy, you must make an appointment with the CareerLink Specialist of Reading Area Community College located at the Berks County CareerLink, 501 Crescent Avenue, Reading, PA 19605, phone number 610-988-1304. You must provide a letter from your former employer on company stationery, stating the actual lay-off date. This letter must indicate that the former employee lost his/her job through no fault of his/her own, but due to the economic climate that currently exists.