#FeesMustFall 2 – the missing middle and the top 2%
Date of publication: 1 December 2016
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This vignette provides a breakdown of students in Gauteng by income*. It shows that only 2% of students are from households earning above R600 000 a year. About 20% of students belong to the so-called ‘missing middle’, while three quarters are eligible for NSFAS funding. Whereas the top 2% are generally better off than all other students (e.g. less likely to have debt or be worried), the missing middle have much in common with NSFAS-eligible students. Students from the missing middle are the least likely to have participated in protests.
For another take on #FeesMustFall see Vignette 31.