MPERS retirees dedicated their careers to their communities and are still making an impact today. As a retiree of the system, it is important for you to stay connected to MPERS. To make changes to your contact information, please log into myMPERS Secure Member Access.
MPERS provides an annual COLA to eligible retired members, surviving spouses, former spouses, beneficiaries, surviving children under the age of 21 and work-related disability recipients. Regardless of which plan you are in, the annual COLA rate is based on 80% of the average percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers for the United States (CPI-U), with an annual maximum of 5%.
Generally speaking, if you return to work for the state in a benefit eligible position, your monthly retirement benefit from MPERS will stop until you later retire (see exception for Closed Plan retirees). A benefit eligible position is one that normally requires the performance of duties of at least 1,040 hours per year. Your employer determines if the position is benefit or non-benefit eligible.
At retirement, you elected a benefit payment option on your Retirement Application. This election determines whether or not a benefit will be paid to anyone after your death. The payment option you selected cannot be changed after your effective date of retirement, except under certain circumstances (see Designation of New Spouse for Survivor Option).