Frequently Asked Questions

How can I give to AUA?

There are multiple ways to give, including direct gifts, wire or stock transfers, real estate, planned gifts, and many more. Visit our Ways to Give page to find the best way for you to support AUA.

To make a direct donation using a credit card on our secure page, please click here

Feel free to call us at (510) 925-4282 or email us at [email protected] for additional information.

Will my small gift really make a difference?

Every gift, no matter how small, makes a difference. In fact, many global publications use alumni giving percentages to determine rankings for colleges and universities. Therefore, the more support AUA receives, the higher its ranking becomes. In turn, with each alumni gift, a degree from AUA becomes more prestigious within the global community.

Doesn’t tuition cover the cost of a student’s education at AUA?

It costs AUA around $10,000 to educate each student. And yet, AUA only charges around $2,900-$4,300, depending on the degree program, to each student who is an Armenian citizen or long-term special residency status holder. The $2,900-$4,300 tuition is further offset by financial aid and scholarships. AUA absorbs $5,700-$7,100 gap in tuition for each Armenian student, which makes us critically dependent on the generosity of our donors.

AUA is proud to have both a full-need financial aid policy and a need-blind admissions process. This means that no qualified student is turned away for his or her inability to pay tuition, based on demonstrated financial need as accessed by the Financial Aid Committee. 

Admissions decisions are based on merit, not financial ability to pay tuition. It also means that all enrolled students who qualify for financial assistance, will receive it under AUA’s full-need policy.

Are my donations tax-deductible?

AUA is recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the State of California. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States.

What are some other ways I can support AUA?

The AUA Legacy Society is a unique opportunity for donors to provide planned gifts to the University through a will or living trust, by naming AUA as a beneficiary or owner of a life insurance policy, savings, brokerage, or retirement account, or by establishing a life income gift, such as a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity. For more information on this, please contact [email protected]

Also, if you shop on Amazon, be sure to use Amazon Smile and designate AUAC as your charitable organization when shopping. Amazon will then donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase to AUA.

Do you have a charitable gift matching program?

Yes, we take gift matches through your corporate employer. In an effort to maximize your donation to AUA, find out through your employer if they offer gift matching. You may also contact us to learn more at [email protected]

What naming opportunities are available?

There are a number of naming opportunities for academic entities and university facilities. To learn more, visit the Naming Opportunities page, or contact us at [email protected].

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions about giving to AUA, please contact [email protected]. To contact a specific person on our team, please visit our Development Team Page.

How can I request a financial statement?

To request a financial statement, please fill out our audit request form or contact us at [email protected].

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