Jackson State University welcomes about 900 freshmen to campus. However, school officials are facing more of a demand than they have in dormitory beds.
"Because of our predicted enrollment, some renovations that we have to do at residence halls on campus, for safety and to make them more attractive we needed additional space," says JSU President, Dr. Carolyn Meyers. Because of those renovations, the university is renting space that's two miles away from the campus at the Jackson Travelodge, also known as Tiger Plaza.
"We're going to take some of our upperclassmen and put them there," says Meyers.
Higher Education Commissioner Hand Bounds says Jackson State had 250 students awaiting housing. The university is spending 800 thousand dollars to rent the housing for the upcoming year.
"We have a full shuttle service there. we have 24/7 security, it's still a part of the campus," assures Meyers.
The money to rent the motel will come from student housing fees.
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