UJ raises R60m for 'missing middle' students

The campaign for students who are deemed too rich to qualify for govt support was launched in February.

University of Johannesburg students demonstrated outside Kingsway campus on 22 October 2015. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The University of Johannesburg has raised R60 million for the 'missing middle' students this year.

The campaign for students who are deemed too rich to qualify for government support, but too poor to afford tuition fees, was launched in February.

The university's professor Tshilidzi Marawela says the ' Fees Must Fall' campaign last year highlighted the funding challenges facing all South African universities.

Marawela says the university has assisted 3,500 students by paying their registration fees and minimum initial payments for this year, however, the students still need support for the balance of their fees and other needs.

He says the R60 million raised will assist to cover the shortfall and assist a total of 5,000 students.

"The total cost for education at the University of Johannesburg per year is about R85,000. This includes tuition fees, books, food and accommodation."