Finances of the educational system

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Public education expenditure

In 2016, the Confederation, cantons and communes spent CHF 37 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 2016
Total  22’681 27’360 32’673 37’173
Compulsory education and special schools 11’749 13’763 15’921 18’477
Upper secondary level 4’762 5’373 5’921 5’949
Tertiary level 5’058 6’771 7’250 8’461
Research 695 932 3’065 3’725
Non-attributable expenditure 416 522 515 562
Sources: FSO - Public education expenditure (ÖBA); FFA - Financial Statistics

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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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