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Thomas P. DiNapoli

Special 20- and 25-Year Plans

For PFRS Tier 2, 3, 5 and 6 Members

(Sections 384, 384-d and 384-e)

Cost-of-Living Adjustment

Once you meet the eligibility requirements, including age and number of years retired, your retirement benefit will permanently increase each year. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) — subject to pension caps and limitations — is 50 percent of the previous year’s annual rate of inflation (never less than 1 percent or more than 3 percent of your benefit). The adjustment percentage is only applied to the first $18,000 of your Single Life Allowance, even if you selected a different option at retirement.

You will begin receiving an annual COLA when you are:

  • Age 62 or older and retired for five or more years;
  • Age 55 or older and retired for ten or more years; or
  • Any age and have received a disability pension for five or more years.

When you die, if you selected a pension payment option that pays a lifetime benefit to your beneficiary, and if the beneficiary is your spouse, he or she will be eligible to receive half of the COLA amount you would have received.