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When it Comes to College Costs, More Grandparents Are Chipping In

Forget sending $20 for instant ramen. Today's grandparents are ponying up for big tuition bills.

It looks like the days of grandma mailing a $20 bill once a semester so you have some extra ramen noodle money could soon be over. According to a recent survey from MetLife, nearly a third of grandparents are chipping in to help pay those soaring college tuition bills.

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Sustainable Development Makes Housing Affordable

Rent isn’t the only variable that determines how affordable a particular home is. Access to transit and amenities like groceries matters, too.

Between 2001 and 2008, the Illinois Housing Development Authority greenlit 248 affordable housing developments in the Chicago area. In Illinois, affordable housing operates on a simple principle: housing costs shouldn’t exceed 30 percent of a family’s annual budget. But rent isn’t the only variable that determines how affordable a particular home is. Sustainability matters, too.

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