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Thanks for the feedback. I'm not sure how they were going to lower the efc by that much. They won't tell me unless I pay up. I don't plan on doing that, so I can only assume. They did make an issue of how much home equity we had and said it would be better if we had a bigger mortgage. They may have wanted us to liquidate our stock portfolio though. Neither one is going to happen.

Jafo, the problem with home equity is only on the css form. Only 250 schools use it, but my son is looking at many of the ivies, and some other highly rated schools. Those are the ones who are looking closely at your home, when you bought, for how much, how much equity etc. Princeton seems to be an exception. He'll likely apply early action there, but so hard to get into.
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