Education Spending Per Student by State

The Census Bureau compiles data on education spending per pupil and elementary/secondary education revenues for each state.

Spending amounts shown reflects current spending, which does not include capital outlays, interest on debts and payments to other governments. Data was last updated in June 2015 for fiscal year 2013.

Please note that the reported totals cannot be reliably compared among states. Figures reported do not account for discrepancies in cost of living, which are typically calculated for specific metropolitan areas. In addition, accounting methods vary among state agencies. (State-by-state differences are listed in Appendix B of the Census Bureau’s report on education finances).

Select a state in the menu below to view reported education revenues and expenditures by state, or refer to the table below to see how state totals compare after adjusting for inflation:


Inflation-adjusting spending per student

This table shows total spending per pupil for elementary/secondary education after amounts are adjusted for inflation:

SOURCE: Governing calculations of per pupil current spending data published in U.S. Census Bureau Annual Survey of School Systems. Figures shown in FY 2013 dollars.

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