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UJ raises R60 million in ‘missing middle’ students campaign

JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 6 (ANA) – The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has raised R60 million in a three month campaign to fund the so-called “missing middle” students.

The campaign which was started in February aims to fund “missing middle” students who are classified as “too rich” to qualify for government support, but “too poor” to afford tuition fees.

The university said in a statement on Monday that the campaign had assisted 3,500 students by paying their registration fees and minimum initial payments for the 2016 academic year.

“These students still require support for the balance of their fees and other needs. The average cost of funding a UJ student for a year currently stands at R85,000. This includes tuition, accommodation, books and other living allowances,” said the UJ in a statement.

Professor Ihron Rensburg, Vice-Chancellor at UJ said the #feesmustfall campaign highlighted the funding challenges facing all South African universities.

He appealed for further contributions to the campaign. “By giving generously to the ‘Missing Middle’ campaign we are also concretely contributing to shaping and empowering the country’s future leaders.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

Disclaimer: This story is pulled directly from the African News Agency wire, and has not been edited by Mail & Guardian staff. The M&G does not accept responsibility for errors in any statement, quote or extract that may be contained therein.

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