Finances of the educational system

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Public education expenditure

In 2021, the Confederation, cantons and communes spent CHF 41.3 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 2010 2020 2021
Total 22'681 32'683 40'796 41'335
Compulsory education and Special needs schools 11'749 15'914 20'404 21'035
Upper secondary level 4'762 5'940 5'880 6'006
Tertiary level 5'058 7'156 9'376 9'457
Research 695 3'149 4'462 4'135
Non-attributable expenditure 416 523 674 703
Extraordinary expenditure is excluded.
Sources: FSO - Public education expenditure (ÖBA); FFA - Financial Statistics

Further information


On this topic

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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