Learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions about regarding cost of living adjustments and eligibility in 2022.
2022 COLA Frequently Asked Questions
Members of sixty-four municipal (MERS) pension plans will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2022.
All members of these 64 plans who retired before June 30, 2012 and were previously receiving or eligible for a COLA will receive a COLA beginning the month following their retirement date in 2022. View the document below for a full list of employers eligible for a COLA in 2022.
Download to view a list of employers eligible for a COLA in 2022.
Eligible retirees of the 64 MERS plans will see an increase of 3.50% on the first $27,901 of their annual pension benefit for calendar year 2022.
The Teachers’ Survivor Benefits plan COLA is determined by the Social Security Administration.
Municipal plans that are part of MERS, and have adopted a COLA provision, provide a 2022 COLA when the actuary determines the individual plan is at least 80% funded as of June 30, 2021.
Plans that have chosen not to offer a COLA and plans that are not 80% funded do not provide a COLA to members.
Recipients of the Teachers’ Survivor Benefit (TSB) will receive a COLA as determined by the Social Security Administration.
NOTE: There may be years that the Social Security Administration does not grant a COLA.