Local College Planners, Parents Shocked By National Admissions Scandal

A college admissions scandal is sweeping the nation.

Full House star Lori Loughlin turned herself in and was expected to appear in an LA courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

The college admissions consultant behind the scandal, William Singer, pleaded guilty Tuesday after accepting an estimated $25 million in bribes.

Prosecutors say wealthy parents paid him to guarantee their children got into top colleges.

Loughlin allegedly paid half a million dollars just so her two daughters could be labeled as recruits for USC’s crew team.

Prosecutors say in many cases, the students weren’t aware of their parent’s actions.

In Northern Michigan, college planners and parents we spoke with say they’re surprised and disappointed by the college admissions scandal.

“They both worked very hard to get scholarships and financial aid to get where they are now. So it’s maddening and it’s sad,” said Beth Young.

Young is a mom to two college students. With as many as 50 people facing criminal charges in the national scandal, she’s not happy about what it means for students who didn’t get the illegal help.

“It’s depriving deserving students who went through, worked hard and went through all the right steps to try to get into schools,” she said.

The right steps include getting into college on your own merits, even if you get support from legitimate college planners like Vicki Beam.

“There are resources for them to take advantage of, for them to highlight what is best about them,” said Vicki Beam with Michigan College Planning.

Beam is also disappointed in the actions of a few parents, as well as the man federal prosecutors say was behind the $6.5 million college admissions scandal.

“He was able to have quite a few others included with that, from the campus level, coaches. I think it’s far-reaching and we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg,” Beam said.

“I always try to set a good example for my daughters to stay the course and ethically and morally you have to do the right thing, they clearly did not,” Young said.

Beam offers free consultations and says there are plenty of free workshops as well as ACT and SAT prep resources, and free tutoring in many schools.

“You can do this process and be successful, without bribing,” Beam said.

“Legally, morally and ethically. There’s a right and wrong way to do it,” Young said.