As a "self-sustaining" non-profit SDSU auxiliary, Aztec Shops operates without subsidy from the University or the State. Net revenue from operations is contributed back to the University at fiscal year's end. In addition, Aztec Shops contributes an incremental amount of monies each year in accordance with the University’s Strategic Plan, "Building on Excellence". Three years into the five-year plan, Aztec Shops has successfully met the $400,000 incremental allocation goal each year (for a projected total of $2 million after five years).
In Fiscal Year 2016 (ending June 30, 2016), Aztec Shops directed $3.5 million to the University through rent, cost recoveries, commissions, and overhead. In addition, Aztec Shops contributed $765,000 to Campus in unrestricted allocations ($310,000 to the University; $55,000 to SDSU Associated Students; $400,000 in incremental funds as called for in the Strategic Plan). The total amount sent from Aztec Shops to the University in Fiscal Year 2016 was approximately $4.3 million