Finances of the educational system

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Public education expenditure

In 2017, the Confederation, cantons and communes spent CHF 38 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 2017
Total   22 681  27 360  32 632  38 110
Compulsory education and special schools  11 749  13 763  15 892  18 760
Upper secondary level  4 762  5 373  5 935  5 936
Tertiary level  5 058  6 771  7 221  8 596
Research   695   932  3 069  4 260
Non-attributable expenditure   416   522   515   557
Sources: FSO - Public education expenditure (ÖBA); FFA - Financial Statistics

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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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