Finances of the educational system

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Public education expenditure

In 2019, the Confederation, cantons and communes spent CHF 40 billion on education.

Finances and costs of higher education institutions

Higher education institutions are mainly funded by the cantons. In the higher education institutions, the greatest part of the costs in the universities is generated by research and development.

At a glance

Public education expenditure
in CHF millions 2000 2005 2010 2015 2019
Total 22'681 27'360 32'649 36'748 39'977
Compulsory education and Special needs schools 11'749 13'763 15'888 18'211 19'901
Upper secondary level 4'762 5'373 5'936 5'879 5'864
Tertiary level 5'058 6'771 7'156 8'443 9'091
Research 695 932 3'149 3'635 4'450
Non-attributable expenditure 416 522 521 580 670
Sources: FSO - Public education expenditure (ÖBA); FFA - Financial Statistics

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Public education expenditure

Public sector expenditure on education according to various dimensions

Study grants and loans

Recipients and the amount paid by the cantons for the education contributions according to various dimensions

Finances and costs of higher education institutions

Costs and performances of the three types of universities according to various dimensions

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