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With financial aid declining, many college students can't afford to eat, studies show, even though about 40 percent are also working. Nearly 1 in 4 college students are parents, which can add to their financial stress. franckreporter/Getty Images hide caption

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High school students fill out financial aid forms and are able to submit them as early as October. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Financial Aid 101: Earlier FAFSA Provides More Time To Line Up Tuition

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