Universities have been hit with a bumpy start to the academic year with student unions calling for a total shutdown due to financial exclusions.
The students are demanding to be registered despite owing fees to the universities.
During the #FeesMustFall protests, the student brought the issues of "missing middle" students to the table.
Joanne Joseph speaks to Vaal University of Technology administrator Dr Ihron Rensburg about who is the missing middle students.
Outside of the Nsfas 60%, we have an additional 20% to 25% who sit in the so-called missing middle category.— Dr Ihron Rensburg, Administrator - Vaal University of Technology
If we look at the entire system as a whole we have 200,000 and 250,000 people who sit in that category.— Dr Ihron Rensburg, Administrator - Vaal University of Technology
Rensburg says the missing middle means families who are unable to find a commercial loan from banks or student loans in order to support their children or students.
Listen to the full interview below...