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Cost plays big role in decisions of graduating seniors

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By: Jenn Schanz

Seniors from Lincoln high schools joined family and friends at the Pershing Center to celebrate the end of high school and the start of something new.

From joining the military, attending community college, or jumping into a four-year school, the class of 2013 has a wide range of post-grad plans.

For most students, cost plays a major factor in their decision.

"I thought about that a lot and worked very well, a lot on scholarships and signing up for scholarships and grants," says Suhair Askar, who just graduated from Lincoln High.

She's going to UNL in the fall to study health sciences. She wants to be a doctor.

"UNL got me a health sciences scholarship. It's full tuition so I was really happy about that," she says.

The economy is improving, contributing to lower enrollment at Southeast Community College. It's fallen by 11 percent, just this year.

SCC officials say during tough economic times, workers tend to return to school for extra training.

Michelle Rubio, a Lincoln Northstar graduate planning to attend SCC, says that a two-year college offers an important transition opportunity.

"I just want to make sure that's what I want, then I'm going to transfer to a four-year college," she says.

According to Lincoln Public School officials, more than 2,100 seniors from the six different high schools graduated this weekend.

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