- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson State University has agreed to continue renting a hotel for student housing for at least one more year.

The College Board, meeting Thursday in Starkville, approved a plan for JSU to lease the former Travelodge hotel near the Mississippi State Fairgrounds through May 2017. The university will pay Bapu Hotels just over $1 million to lease the 244-bed hotel. The university has been housing students there since 2013, calling it Tiger Plaza. The agreement includes options for two more years.

The university has struggled in recent years to meet the demand for student housing as enrollment has increased. JSU has also leased a second hotel and bought a 444-bed apartment complex.

JSU has won approval for a $48 million, 628-bed housing complex, dining hall and conference center on campus.

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