Eight American universities are being faced with demands for accountability for admissions policies that allowed entry based on bribes and falsified test scores. To apply to these schools, students are required to pay $55 to $90. For that payment, the student is offered to participate in a process that fairly assesses all applicants. With news of the scandal, and revelations that application processes were corrupted by bribes and falsified records, scores of students who applied to these universities are saying they want the school to return the fee that they paid.

On March 12, the national media reported that at least 50 students had been admitted to the eight universities using bribes and falsified records. William “Rick” Singer was indicted for illegally arranging to gain university admittance for those students. Singer allegedly developed access to a network of college coaches, test administrators, and others in a scheme to create a “side door” into some of the most prestigious colleges in the country.

Universities Involved: If you applied to University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, University of San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University, Yale University, and Georgetown University between 2011 until 2019, you may be able to receive compensation for the application fees you paid. Fill out the free case review or call us at 1.800.755.0098 to learn how we can help you with your potential claim.

BACKGROUND

On March 12, the Federal Bureau of Investigation charged nearly 50 people involved in a college admission scheme. Mr. Singer allegedly worked with employees of the various universities and bribed testing officials to help kids get into some of the most elite schools in the country. For a fee averaging six-figures, Singer and his colleagues fabricated college applications. Some applications included information showing a student was an elite athlete in sports that the student had never participated in and had no high school records supporting that claim. The FBI’s indictment against various employees of the schools includes counts of racketeering.

View the complaint here.

IN THE NEWS

March 12. 2019: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged in U.S. College Entry Fraud, nytimes.com

March 12, 2019: ‘My families want a guarantee’, dailymail.uk.com

March 13, 2019: The people charged in college admissions scandal Operation Varsity Blues, washingtonpost.com

March 26, 2019: Education Department Opens Probe Into College Admissions Scandal, bloomberg.com

HOW WE CAN HELP

If you, or your daughter or son, applied to University of Southern California, Stanford University, University of California Los Angeles, University of San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University, Yale University, and Georgetown University, we’d like to hear about your experience. If you would like more information or would just like to talk with someone on our team experienced in consumer fraud, please call us at 1.800.755.0098. We are here to answer your questions and determine if a legal claim is right for you.