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College acceptances have arrived so now it’s decision time

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First the essays were written. Then the mailbox was staked out. Finally, the letters were opened. Now, high school seniors are faced with what could be the most difficult component of the college application process: deciding what school to attend in the fall.

“My heart aches for students at this time,” Kerri Johnston, associate dean of enrollment/director of undergraduate admissions at UMass-Lowell, said. “There’s so much pressure on them . . . but it’s also such an exciting time.”

High schoolers have a lot to consider when turning a Facebook status from “I got into Blank University!” to “Blank University Class of 2018!” Many college admissions and financial aid experts believe cost is the key.

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