Study grants and loans

In 2019, the cantons paid a total of CHF 382 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%).
7,6% of the 613 093 people who completed post-obligatory school obtained a study grant and 0.5% a loan.

Amount paid by the cantons, 2019 (in CHF)
  All educational levels Upper secondary level Tertiary level
Grants 362 472 918 202 609 553 156 895 633
Loans 20 160 305 1 951 548 17 826 086
Number of recipients, 2019
  All educational levels Upper secondary level Tertiary level
Grants 47 257 29 800 17 805
Loans 2 808 218 2 547
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



Federal Statistical Office Section Educational Processes
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