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Jackson State Presents $42M Plan to Buy Land for New Dorm

JACKSON, Miss. ― Jackson State University officials want to issue $42 million in bonds to finance construction of a new dormitory on campus.

The proposal requires state College Board approval.

Board members heard a presentation about the plan Thursday but set it aside without a vote. They said they could act on it later.

Nicole Evans, JSU’s vice president for enrollment management and institutional research, says the university’s enrollment has increased in recent years and there’s a need for more student housing. Building the new dorm could take about two years if the plan is approved.

JSU is leasing some Jackson hotels to function as dorms, but Evans says first-time college students have better academic performance when they live on campus.

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