This is a question for a friend, and I apologise for not knowing all the details. Her dad is very worried about the cost of college, and thinks they won't qualify for much aid. He makes around 30K per year, sometimes a little more, my friend has one younger brother, and her mom doesn't work. Her dad is self employed as a real estate agent, and owns a lot of property because of that--I guess the properties are in his name while he is trying to sell them, and he has some that he is doing restoration work on before reselling. They don't have much savings or anything. The main question is how this real estate would count for financial aid.