When the Department approves the formal retraining program, you will have two options. Selecting Option 1 means that you will participate in the retraining program now. You will receive time loss for the entire time of the retraining program — up to two years. Your claim will remain open for medical treatment, as well. Selecting Option 2 means that you can postpone your retraining program, receive a vocational award equaling six months of time loss compensation, but your claim will close. You then will have up to five years to use your retraining money. You will receive no time loss compensation while you are going to school. Vocational Option 2 usually is not the best option for most people.