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I wish I weren't worrying about this right now, as I still have two essays to write. Will someone experienced with this sort of stuff assess the chances of me getting at least 40k in financial aid (excluding loans) at LACs and Ivies?
My parents are immigrants, but incredibly thrifty (you wouldn't believe how the things they do..). I remember living out my toddler years in an apartment with six extended family members, plus my family of five. Now, partly because of my brother's income (60k/yr), my family owns three houses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Only one of these is close to being paid off. My parents' income is right about 55k/year (combined), and it supports my older sister (not in college) and me.
How much will those houses diminish my chances of getting adequate (40k/year) financial aid? My parents won't be helping me pay for college, and I am feeling pretty desperate right now. Any help will be appreciated!!