Cost of Living

Cost-of-Living Adjustment

To check your COLA, view your benefit statements online.

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  • Most employer contracts set the COLA as a maximum of 2% of your retirement base pay. This is the amount you received when you retired, not necessarily the amount you currently receive.
  • COLA begins the second calendar year of retirement and is based on your retirement date, your base retirement allowance per employer, and the percentage each employer is contracted for.
  • PPPA protects against inflation for those whose benefits fall below minimum levels established by law.
  • If eligible, your COLA and PPPA benefit will appear on your May warrant.