The Treasury Operations department reviews the daily transactions of the university’s bank accounts and ensures appropriate liquidity and performance of the working capital portfolio.
The department facilitates wire transfers and ACH payments on behalf of various university constituents. Treasury Operations also works on various projects to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of cash policies.
All departmental deposits must now be made at the Capital One branch on campus, located in the Butler Pavilion Tunnel.
For bank deposit forms please contact your school’s business office.
Electronic Funds Transfer
The Treasury Operations department executes all of the university’s outgoing wire transfers. All wires must first be submitted to the Accounts Payable department for approval and processing before Treasury Operations will execute the transfer. Wires must be received from Accounts Payable or Payroll by 10 a.m. to be made the same day. Any wires received after 10 a.m. will be processed on the next business day.
A wire transfer is a method of electronic funds transfer from one person or institution to another. It is the most expensive form of electronic funds transfer, and thus should only be used when no other methods are possible.
What information is required on my Wire Transfer Request Form?
It is essential that you provide us with ALL of the following information:
Beneficiary’s account number
Name of beneficiary’s bank
Beneficiary’s bank ABA number
Address of the beneficiary’s bank
Type of currency
Amount of the wire
Brief description of the wire
AU budget account number
Originating department name and contact number
Please note that for international wires, a SWIFT Code and an IBAN (for European Union countries) are required. If any of the essential information above is missing, we cannot send the wire.
What is an ABA Number?
An ABA routing number is a nine-digit numeric code that identifies the bank and location of where the wire must be sent. Please use the ABA code denoted by the bank that is specific to wire transfers.
How long will it take before the outgoing domestic wire transfer is received by the beneficiary’s bank?
Domestic outgoing wire transfers are delivered to the beneficiary's bank by the next business day.
What is a swift code? (for international wires only)
A swift code is an eight- to eleven-digit code containing letters and numbers that uniquely identify a beneficiary’s bank. Swift codes are only necessary if you send an international wire.
What is an IBAN? (for international wires only)
IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number. This is a standardized code that allows for the identification of foreign accounts across countries. For European Union nations the IBAN may be as long as 27 characters; outside the European Union, the IBAN code can be as long as 34 characters. All IBANs start with two letters. Please contact the beneficiary of the wire to determine the correct IBAN code.
How long does it take for an international outgoing wire transfer to be received by the beneficiary’s bank?
The time it takes for an international wire transfer to be received varies depending on many factors, including location and OFAC banking regulations. If you need a confirmation to verify receipt of the international wire, please email Treasury@american.edu.
What happens if my wire transfer is returned?
A returned wire transfer normally is the result of incorrect bank or account information. We normally are notified if the bank cannot process the wire within a short period of time after it was sent. We will work with you identify the correct banking information to ensure that the wire is processed in a timely manner.
Will I be sent a confirmation once your department sends my wire request?
Confirmations are sent only upon request. If you would like a confirmation, please email Treasury@american.edu.
Are there any countries that wires cannot be sent to?