Letter of Appointment and Post-doctoral Scholars are not eligible for merit. Increases can be granted to these employee categories when contracts are renewed. Eligibility is determined by the department and is dependent on funding. Post-doctoral scholars/fellows are eligible for one salary increase per year (they are not normally increased on 7/1 since they are grant funded and increases come as the grants are renewed). Increases cannot exceed what merit and COLA would have been for a faculty member for that year. The highest merit would be 4.5 and COLA would be whatever was given to faculty that year. The contract only reflects an increase in salary as postdoctoral fellows and letters of appointment are ineligible for merit and COLA.