Updated 08/24/2020

FY2021 COLA still not approved

Dear MTRS Retiree,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.

As I reported last month, the MTRS cannot pay a FY2021 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) unless it is included in the final state budget approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. While an interim budget to fund state services through October was recently enacted, the FY2021 budget is still not finalized. Thus, I’m afraid your August benefit payment will not include a new COLA.

If a COLA is ultimately approved in the final FY2021 budget, it will be payable to those retirees whose retirement date was on or before 06/30/2019. The amount and effective date of the COLA are set by the Governor and Legislature, with a maximum increase of 3% on the first $13,000 of your benefit.

This email is sent from an account used to deliver broadcast messages; thus, please do not reply directly to this message. The MTRS will continue to keep you updated as more news becomes available.

Please know that we are closely monitoring the state budget process and will work to pay the COLA as soon as possible if it is approved.

For more information on the COLA and your benefit payment please visit Your benefit payment – Cost-of-living adjustment eligibility and history.

Please stay safe,
Erika M. Glaster
Executive Director
Massachusetts Teachers’ Retirement System