Why was a retirement deduction taken out of my paycheck?

When students are employed but not enrolled in at least half-time units, their UCSB employment is subject to a retirement deduction just like any other employee. For graduate students, this is a pre-tax deduction placed into a Defined Contribution Plan (DCP) called Safe Harbor.  

Note: In summer, the IRS considers half-time status for graduate students to be 2 units of enrollment.

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