Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Annual Fund gifts needed if students are paying tuition?*
Tuition typically only covers about 65 to 70 percent of the cost of a college education. As a result, Annual Fund gifts are very important. In addition:
- Universities and colleges are considered "labor intensive," which means that employee salaries and benefits absorb a much greater share of expenses that in the nonacademic world. Employee compensation can account for more than 60 percent of annual operating costs.
- The nature of a university does not lend itself to gains in productivity, unlike manufacturing industries. It does not produce goods that can be sold, yet each year the costs of remaining competitive with other universities rises. As a result, universities must continually upgrade equipment, facilities, and programs.
- Today's colleges must be able to call on a wide range of administrative and legal expertise, both to protect institutional interests and to handle complicated and costly regulatory requirements from state and federal agencies.
- More and more universities are offering substantial financial aid to their students, which is a primary reason that tuition rises. By supporting scholarships through the Annual Fund, you can help deserving students and help to keep the cost of tuition manageable.
Where does my Annual Fund gift go?
Almost anywhere you would like. Your Annual Fund gift can support the following:
- Academic departments
- College general funds
- President's 21st Century Fund
- Matador athletics or a specific sports team
- Oviatt Library
- University scholarship fund or to named scholarships
- Centers and clinics on campus
What if I don't have a preference for my Annual Fund gift?
If you are not sure where you would like to designate your Annual Fund gift, or if you don't have a preference, you may make an unrestricted gift, which means you are allowing Cal State Northridge to direct it to the university's most pressing needs. These gifts go into the President's 21st Century Fund.
Why do CSUN students call me at home?
The students who are calling you work for the CSUN Telefund, the university's on-campus phonathon program. These students work hard each semester to raise support for the university and its programs. The work they do benefits the entire Cal State Northridge community. We encourage you to share your CSUN experience with them and to considering making a financial gift. Your support can have a real impact on the quality of their education and provide the "margin of excellence" that keeps CSUN competitive with other institutions.
What if I don't wish to be solicited by phone? Can I get off the calling list?
Yes. We hope that's not the case, but we always respect your wishes. If you do not wish to be solicited by phone, simply tell the caller and they will mark your record as "Do Not Call." That information will go into our database and you will not receive phone calls in the future.
*Source: "Why Does College Cost So Much?: A Forthright Discussion," Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, 2000.