Finances of the educational system

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Public education expenditure

In 2018, the Confederation, cantons and communes spent CHF 39 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 2018
Total   22 681  27 360  32 652  38 902
Compulsory education and special schools  11 749  13 763  15 892  19 142
Upper secondary level  4 762  5 373  5 934  5 882
Tertiary level  5 058  6 771  7 156  8 892
Research   695   932  3 149  4 331
Non-attributable expenditure   416   522   521   654
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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