Federal funds for education and related programs from 1970 to 2016 (in billion U.S. dollars)

Federal funds for education and research 1970-2016 This graph shows the federal funds for education and related programs in the United States from 1970 to 2016. In 2016, about 63.33 billion U.S. dollars were funded by the government for postsecondary education programs in the U.S.
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Elementary/secondary educationPostsecondary educationOther educationResearch programs at universities and related institutions
19705.833.430.962.28
198016.0311.091.555.8
199021.9813.623.3812.61
200043.79155.7821.66
200569.0338.567.333.42
201075.5449.289.2336.99
201174.5464.7410.832.02
201276.2870.29.3532.18
201375.8263.559.2430.31
201477.2469.449.4632.2
201579.0174.99.4932.39
201682.163.339.0434.45
Elementary/secondary educationPostsecondary educationOther educationResearch programs at universities and related institutions
19705.833.430.962.28
198016.0311.091.555.8
199021.9813.623.3812.61
200043.79155.7821.66
200569.0338.567.333.42
201075.5449.289.2336.99
201174.5464.7410.832.02
201276.2870.29.3532.18
201375.8263.559.2430.31
201477.2469.449.4632.2
201579.0174.99.4932.39
201682.163.339.0434.45
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This graph shows the federal funds for education and related programs in the United States from 1970 to 2016. In 2016, about 63.33 billion U.S. dollars were funded by the government for postsecondary education programs in the U.S.
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Release date
March 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
1970 to 2016
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 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, $7,510,000,000 in FY 1995, $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, and $11,330,000,000 in FY 2014.

2014-2015: Data for research programs at universities and related institutions are estimated.

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