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.