Education; education expenditure and CBS/OECD indicators

Education; education expenditure and CBS/OECD indicators

Education sectors Periods Expenditure on education Households Other expenditure on education Books, materials, public transport and… (million euros)
Total education 2020* 1,884
(Pre-)primary education 2020* 86
Pre-primary and primary education 2020* 79
Special needs primary education 2020* 7
Secondary education 2020* 966
Secondary general education 2020* 557
Senior voc. and gen. adult sec. educ. 2020* 409
Tertiary education 2020* 832
Higher professional education 2020* 493
University education 2020* 339
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table gives an overview of expenditure on regular education within the Netherlands.

The government finances schools, colleges and universities. It pays for research which is done by universities on its behalf. Furthermore it provides student grants and loans, allowances for school costs, provisions for students with a disability and child care allowances as well as subsidies to companies and non-profit organisations. The government reclaims unjustified payments for student grants and loans and allowances for school costs. It also receives interest and repayments on student loans as well as EU subsidies for education.

Parents and/or students have to pay tuition fees for schools, colleges and universities, parent contributions and contributions for school activities. They also have to purchase books and materials, pay for transport from home to school and back for students who are not eligible for subsidised transport, pay for private tutoring, pay interest and repayments on student loans, and repay wrongfully received student grants, loans and allowances for school costs. Parents and/or students receive child care allowances, provisions for students with a disability and an allowance for school costs as well as student grants and loans and scholarships of companies.

Companies and non-profit organisations incur costs for supervising trainees and apprentices who combine learning with work experience. They also contribute to the cost of work related education of their employees and spend money on research that is outsourced to colleges for higher professional education and universities. Furthermore they contribute to the childcare allowances given to households and provide scholarships to students. Companies receive subsidies and tax benefits for the creation of apprenticeship places and trainee placements and for providing transport for pupils.

Organisations abroad contract universities in the Netherlands to undertake research for them. The European Union provides funds and subsidies for education to schools, colleges and universities as well as to the Dutch government. Foreign governments contribute to international schools in the Netherlands that operate under their nationality.

The table also contains various indicators used nationally and internationally to compare expenditure on education and place it in a broader context. The indicators are compounded on the basis of definitions of Statistics Netherlands and/or the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development). All figures presented have been calculated according to the standardised definitions of the OECD.

In this table tertiary education includes research and development, except for the indicator Expenditure on education institutions per student, excluding R&D.

The statistic on Education spending is compiled on a cash basis. This means that the education expenditure and revenues are allocated to the year in which they are paid out or received. However, the activity or transaction associated with the payment or receipt can take place in a different year.

Statistics Netherlands published the revised National Accounts in June 2018. Among other things, GDP and total government expenditures have been adjusted upwards as a result of the revision.

Data available from: 1995

Status of the figures:
Data recorded in the last available year are provisional figures.

Changes as of 28 December 2021:
The provisional figures for 2020 have been added.
The figures for 2019 have been adjusted from provisional to definite.

When will new figures be published?
Provisional figures for a year are published in December of the following year.
These figures are provisional because some sources of data are not yet available or complete. The provisional figures are updated when more reliable sources are available. Definite figures are published exactly one year after the provisional ones.

Description topics

Expenditure on education
Expenditure on education institutions and education by the government, households, companies, non-profit organisations and organisations abroad. Also includes government expenditure with regard to education on households and companies.
Income received is subtracted from this expenditure. For the government this includes reclaimed wrongfully paid student grants and loans, and allowances for school costs as well as interest received on student loans and EU subsidies for education. For households these are child care allowances, the allowances for school costs, provisions for students with a disability, scholarships of companies and part of the student grants and loans meant as an allowance for school and college fees, books and materials and public transport. For companies the compensation in the costs of supervising apprentices and trainees are subtracted from their expenditure. Except for the interest received this is done to avoid double counting, because the received income is used to cover (part of) the expenses.
Some expenditure and receipts are not included in the calculation of the total expenditure on education. For the government these are the student loans provided and received repayments on these loans. For households these are the allowances for the cost of living, the student loans and the repayments of these loans. For companies these are the subsidies received for providing transport for pupils. Student loans and the repayments are not included because they are not considered real expenditures as they will be repaid after a given time.
The allowances for the cost of living have a general purpose rather than education and are therefore not included in the cost of education. Similarly the subsidies given to companies outside the education sector for providing transport for pupils are excluded, as they provide this service purely for commercial reasons.
Households
Expenditure by households on education institutions and other expenditure on education. Child care allowances, allowances for school costs, provisions for students with a disability, scholarships of companies and part of the student grants and loans are subtracted from this expenditure. The calculation of total expenditure on education excludes repayments on these loans and compensation for the cost of living.
Other expenditure on education
Expenditure by households other than on education institutions but necessary to participate in regular education, such as expenditure on books, education tools, materials, non-subsidised public transport between home and school and private tutoring. Household expenditure on three-year-olds attending preschool or day care is also included, for as far as the expenditure relates to the education component in the activities of the children. Also includes payments of interest and repayments on student loans and refunds of wrongfully received student grants and loans and allowances for school costs. The calculation of total expenditure on education excludes repayments on student loans.
Books, materials, public transport and…
Books, materials, public transport and private tutoring. Expenditure outside education institutions on books, education tools, materials, non-subsidised public transport between home and school and private tutoring. This expenditure is necessary to participate in regular education.