Federal funds for education and research 1970-2018

This graph shows the federal funds for education and related programs in the United States from 1970 to 2018. In 2018, about 69.74 billion U.S. dollars were funded by the government for postsecondary education programs in the U.S.

Federal funds for education and related programs from 1970 to 2018

Elementary/secondary educationPostsecondary educationOther educationResearch programs at universities and related institutions
201885.0469.749.5635.42
201781.8362.549.6835.86
201682.163.339.6334.45
201579.0174.99.532.39
201477.2469.449.4632.2
201375.8263.559.2430.31
201276.2870.29.3532.18
201174.5464.7410.832.02
201075.5449.289.2336.99
200569.0338.567.333.42
200043.79155.7821.66
199021.9813.623.3812.61
198016.0311.091.555.8
19705.833.430.962.28
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Source

Release date

November 2015

Region

United States

Survey time period

1970 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Data have been rounded.
Excludes federal support for medical education benefits under Medicare in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Benefits are excluded because data before fiscal year (FY) 1990 are not available. This program existed since Medicare began, but was not available as a separate budget item until FY 1990. Excluded amounts are estimated as follows: $4,440,000,000 in FY 1990, $8,020,000,000 in FY 2000, $8,290,000,000 in FY 2005, $9,080,000,000 in FY 2010, $9,200,000,000 in FY 2011, $9,800,000,000 in FY 2012, $10,000,000,000 in FY 2013, $11,530,000,000 in FY 2014, $11,800,000,000 in FY 2015, and $12,100,000,000 in FY 2016.

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