Study grants and loans

In 2018, the cantons paid a total of CHF 364 million in grants and loans to persons in education. This represents one percent of all public education expenditure. Almost the entire amount were allocated as grants (95%).
7,5% of the 610 613 people who completed post-obligatory school obtained a study grant and 0.4% a loan.

Amount paid by the cantons, 2018 (in CHF)
  All educational levels Upper secondary level Tertiary level
Grants 345 923 146 184 783 485 158 464 763
Loans 17 667 741 1 807 896 15 381 757
Number of recipients, 2018
  All educational levels Upper secondary level Tertiary level
Grants 45 938 28 415 17 854
Loans 2 456  197 2 203
Source: FSO - STIP

The conditions for the allocation of grants and loans are determined by the cantons by law. An important harmonization process has been put in place with the concordat on study grants, which came into force on 1 March 2013. While the concordat formulates minimum requirements and standards, the cantons retain their autonomy and have sufficient freedom to take account of their particular situation and go beyond these provisions.

The essential information can be visualized using interactive diagrams, providing an overview by canton, level of education and year. The cantonal offices (see link "Adressen Stipendienstellen" under "Further Information") provide a wide range of information, such as revisions to laws, the introduction of projects, etc., which have an influence on the evolution curves.

Further information




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