Public education expenditure

In Switzerland, the Confederation accounts for 17.3% funding for education, the cantons 51.2% and the communes 31.5%. However, education is not always funded directly, but also in the form of contributions to the expenditures of another administrative level.

If the administrative levels that make the expenditures are considered, cantons account for two thirds (63.2%) of educational expenditures, communes for a quarter (26.9%) and the Confederation for the rest (9.9%).

Direct educational expenditures account for 57.1% of the funds spent on education by the Confederation. 42.9% of the funds spent by the Confederation are disbursed to the cantons. The cantons, in contract, invest 94.7% of educational expenditures directly and the communes 76.7%.

*The public expenditures for research are included in the public expenditures for education.

Public education expenditure by the administrative level making the expenditure and the educational level, 2015
in CHF millions Confederation Cantons Communes Total in %
Total 1) 3 643 23 223 9 862 100.0
   of which salaries 1 962 16 727 5 691 66.4
Compulsory education and special schools 21 8 523 9 631 49.5
Sec II: Vocational education 90 3 245 179 9.6
Sec II: General education 2 2 337 2 6.4
Tertiary: Higher vocational education 52 364 0 1.1
Tertiary: Universities 1 109 6 914 7 21.9
Research 2 362 1 311 2 10.0
Other tasks 8 528 40 1.6
1) The FSO statistics on public education expenditure considers the amounts that a community receives and not the amounts that are paid.
Extraordinary amounts are excluded.
The educational levels are defined according to the harmonized accounting model (HRM2).

Sources: FSO - Public education expenditure (ÖBA); FFA - Financial Statistics

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