THE Federal Government has promised $2.2 million to expand and upgrade Longerenong College's student residence.
Labor candidate for Mallee Lydia Senior said the money for Longerenong College would be a well-deserved win for the community and broader region.
"It's incredibly important that students have adequate and affordable accommodation so they can put their energy into studying to the best of their ability," she said.
"Our region here has a strong agricultural history and this Labor funding will help these students continue that tradition."
The money will refurbish student rooms and provide disability access, communal study areas and a recreation centre.
Electronic access will also be installed to improve security for college residents, and the kitchen will also be upgraded.
Longerenong College general manager John Goldsmith said the upgrade was much needed.
"This is something we've been working on for quite a while and we have identified it as our number one infrastructure project," he said. "While our accommodation is serving the needs of the students, it is outdated and needs upgrading."
He said 80 per cent of the college's full-time students lived on campus.
"Our catchment area is all of Victoria and we also have students from Tasmania, southern NSW and south-eastern South Australia," he said. "We have to be able to provide for all of the students travelling to the college."
Horsham Rural City Council chief executive Peter Brown said upgrades to the residences had been a top priority for council.
"It was one of the things we had on a list of asks for the government," he said.
"We have consistently made them aware of it and asked for it so I am rapt."
The project will be funded by the Regional Development Australia Fund, which is included in the Federal Government's 2013-14 budget.