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2017 Monthly Retirement Payment
​2017 Cost of Living Adjustment

For the North Carolina Retirement Systems, a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) is a periodic adjustment to monthly benefit payments based on such factors as changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the availability of funds, investment gains, and actuarial experience. In North Carolina, COLAs are granted to retirees only when certain conditions are met, or the NC General Assembly approves a COLA. 

Click here​ for some Frequently Asked Questions about the 2017 COLA.​

Retirement Benefit for Month of:​ Date Retirement Paym​ent is Issued (Date payment is Direct Deposited or date a check is mailed)​
January 2017​ January 25, 2017​
February 2017​ ​February 24, 2017
March 2017 March 24, 2017
April 2017 April 25, 2017
May 2017 May 25, 2017
June 2017 June 23, 2017
July 2017 July 25, 2017
August 2017 August 25, 2017
September 2017 September 25, 2017
October 2017 October 25, 2017
November 2017 November 22, 2017
December 2017 December 20, 2017


Your direct deposit notification statement is only available through the ORBIT system. Statements, which are created when there is a change in your deductions, are no longer mailed.

Forms Now Available in ORBIT

Visit ORBIT to view all Retirement Division forms (click the Forms link at the top.)  NOTE: Login to ORBIT to access personalized forms.​​