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College tuition costs continue to rise, according to data from the College Board. Average total charges, including tuition, fees, and room and board, at private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities averaged $45,370 for the 2016–2017 school year. The average in-state total charges at public four-year institutions stood at $20,090. Published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased at an average rate of 3.5% per year beyond inflation between 2006–2007 and 2016–2017. The College Board noted that more than 70% of full-time students receive grant aid to help them pay for college.

Of the 648,000 single-family homes completed in 2015, 307,000 had four bedrooms or more while 66,000 had two bedrooms or fewer, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The majority of Americans believe they are behind on their retirement savings, according to a survey of employed investors conducted by Investopedia. The study, Retirement in America: The Search for Security, found that 52% of those surveyed felt they were behind on their target savings. More than three quarters of those who feel they are behind currently contribute to an employer-sponsored retirement plan.

Research from a study recently released by the Small Business Administration found that startups that raise money from crowdfunding are more likely to receive external financing from other sources, such as venture capital firms (Research on the Current State of Crowdfunding: The Effect of Crowdfunding Performance and Outside Capital, Kuppuswammy and Roth).

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