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College Admissions Scandal Parent Released from Prison

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.
FILE - In this April 3, 2019, photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

The college admissions scandal that made headlines over the past two years came to a close this week as the last celebrity parent was released from prison.

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli is now on house arrest after his role in the 2019 college admissions scandal, according to The Associated Press.

He was released from a federal facility in Lompoc, near Santa Barbara, California, and will remain in home confinement until April 17. He reported to prison in November.

This comes after the recent release of Netflix’s Operation Varsity Blues, which detailed how famous and moneyed parents paid to have applications, exam scores and transcripts fixed and fabricated, including wildly exaggerated stories of sports abilities.

Giannulli and his wife, Full House star Lori Loughlin, paid half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as recruits for the university crew team. Loughlin was released from a two-month stint in prison in December.

They were two of the most prominent figures who received a prison sentence but were not the only parents who faced prison time because of the scandal.

The Department of Justice charged more than 50 people who participated in the nationwide bribery scheme.

Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to raise her daughter’s SAT score. Xiaoning Sui, a Canadian, was sentenced to five months in prison after paying $400,000 to college admission consultant William “Rick” Singer to get her son into UCLA.

Singer was the coordinator of the schemes. In March 2019, he pleaded guilty “to facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and using bribery to secure the admission of students to colleges as fake athletic recruits,” according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Giannulli and Loughlin’s youngest daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, faced backlash after posting a TikTok video on March 26 where she lamented being publicly shamed. The comments have since been turned off on her video.

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Academic Superstars Are Facing Accusations of Plagiarism

FILE - Harvard President Claudine Gay speaks during a hearing of the House Committee on Education on Capitol Hill, Dec. 5, 2023, in Washington. A week later, she remains under pressure regarding her response to questions about antisemitism on her campus.
FILE - Harvard President Claudine Gay speaks during a hearing of the House Committee on Education on Capitol Hill, Dec. 5, 2023, in Washington. A week later, she remains under pressure regarding her response to questions about antisemitism on her campus.

Harvard’s former president Claudine Gay resigned recently after being accused of plagiarism. Now, the work of top researchers in many fields is facing scrutiny. Anemona Hartocollis reports for The New York Times. (January 2024).

This College Student’s Acceptance Letter Came With a Marching Band

FILE - The Maryland state flag and University of Maryland flag are run across the end zone after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Sept. 30, 2023, in College Park, Md.
FILE - The Maryland state flag and University of Maryland flag are run across the end zone after a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Indiana, Sept. 30, 2023, in College Park, Md.

Alejandro Marroquin, 17, was surprised one morning by a full marching band outside his home, carrying a letter admitting him to the University of Maryland. Read the story from Emily Davies of The Washington Post. (January 2024)

Biden’s Student-Loan Repayment Program Is Starting Up

FILE - People in favor of canceling student debt protest outside the Supreme Court, June 30, 2023, in Washington.
FILE - People in favor of canceling student debt protest outside the Supreme Court, June 30, 2023, in Washington.

The new program could save many borrowers at least $1,000 per year. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel has the details in The Washington Post. (January 2024)

Biden Administration Forgiving Some Student Debt Early

FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, March 4, 2022.
FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, March 4, 2022.

One of President Joe Biden’s campaign promises was to help Americans with student loans.

Now, the Biden administration plans to forgive debt for those who borrowed less than $12,000 and have been paying their debt for a decade or more. The news comes six months before a self-imposed deadline to launch the initiative.

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel has more in The Washington Post. (January 2024)

Many Scholarships Exist for International Students

FILE - Old Main at North Dakota State University is seen Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Fargo, N.D.
FILE - Old Main at North Dakota State University is seen Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Fargo, N.D.

This guide, from Times Higher Education, lists available scholarships in the U.S. and UK for international students, and answers frequently asked questions about the process. (January 2024)

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