Most college students work part-time jobs, but few pay their way through school

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Parents are more likely to support a student's cell phone bill than their pursuit of a college degree, a new survey released Wednesday by Citigroup and Seventeen magazine found.

Nearly 4 out of 5 college students are working part-time while studying for their degrees, averaging 19 hours a week, according to the survey, but just 18 percent pay their way through school.

Forty-one percent rely on financial aid while 16 percent said scholarships get them through college. Another 22 percent said their parents cover the bill. Students are also slightly more likely than parents to fund their housing in school, 31 percent of students compared to 30 percent of parents footing the bill.

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