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Crunch time for high school seniors making college decisions

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Did your high school senior not get the acceptance letter they wanted from their top choice college?

Or maybe they received a few and don't know which school is best for them?

School officials say now is the time students need to start making those critical decisions. For many high school seniors, the inevitable "senioritis" is in full swing.

But for students who plan on attending college in the fall, it's crunch time to make final decisions for their future and officials say time is running out.

The pressure is on for Central Lee High School seniors like Jordan Greenfield to decide where they are going to spend the next four years of their lives.

"I applied for over 12 and visited over 15," said Greenfield.

Lauren Linnenbrink who works in the counseling office at Central Lee says she recommends students like Greenfield do their research and most importantly visit the school.

"If you don't feel you fit well in that school or the professors then obviously you're not going to have a good time there for your four years," said Linnenbrink.

Greenfield is fortunate to have an array of options for next fall, but Linnenbrink says for students who may not have received the coveted acceptance letter at their first choice school or any university they applied to, they need to start working on plan B.

One option Linnenbrink says is attending a community college.

"Get some of your gen eds out of the way. maybe after you've had time to get your GPA up a little higher then you can transfer," said Linnenbrink.

Linnenbrink says in the meantime students need to focus on how they are going to pay for school, and that means applying to any and all scholarships they qualify for and filling out a FASFA form.

Linnenbrink says at the end of the day, the student must make the decision on their own and Greenfield says she agrees.

"Look at all colleges and not just the ones your parents went to or your friends are going to or your favorite football team," said Greenfield.

Greenfield says if you haven't filled out the FASFA form yet, you still can and you may get something. But, she says a lot of the free money is already gone.

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