Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Overpayments

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Overpayments

What is an overpayment?

Overpayments happen when the government determines that you received unemployment compensation benefits that you were not eligible for, even though they paid you. 

There are two different kinds of PUA overpayments:

Fraud Overpayments

Non-fraud Overpayments

How do I know I have an overpayment?

If the government determines you have an overpayment, they will send you:

  1.  A Notice explaining why there is an overpayment; and
  2.  A Notice explaining the amount of the overpayment and the type of overpayment.

Can I repay the money?

You can choose to repay the money by mailing a check made payable to “PA UC Fund” to:

  • Office of UC Benefits,
    UI Payment Services, PO Box 67503
    Harrisburg, PA 17106-7503

You should include your full name and social security number on the memo line.  We strongly recommend taking photos of any check you send so that you have records of the payments.

Can I get the overpayment forgiven?

Pennsylvania claimants with non-fraud overpayments for PUA (or other federal programs, like PEUC and FPUC) can apply for waiver using the form provided in the mail by the government or by submitting the form on our website. If you are denied a waiver, you have the right to appeal.