College admissions scheme highlights need to choose the right school

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Federal charges that parents bribed their kids' way into college is raising eyebrows.

Fifty people were charged Tuesday in the scheme.

Washburn University's spokesman Patrick Early says this scheme is a prime example of parents wanting the best for their kids but going too far -- and it could hurt other applicants who've earned their spot.

Early attended Georgetown University, a school listed in the recent national college admissions scandal.

"It's frustrating to see kids who would be good candidates not get into your alma mater,” Early explained.

Early says parents may get caught up in placing reputation over reality--- and a school should be appropriate for the student, not chosen based on a prestigious name.

“That more than anything will help and the student will thrive in the environment that’s right for them.” Early said. “Just getting the kid into an elite institution doesn't necessarily mean they are going to do well."

Early points out there can be expectations that parents pay for their child's college.

In a recent survey by of 13,000 current college students done by LendEDU, 32 percent of respondents said the student has no responsibility to pay, 39 percent said the student should pay some cost, and 29 percent said students should foot the bill entirely. Ivy League schools were also found to be most often not paid by the student.

"That's a really personal decision for the family, me and my wife decision when we sent my daughter off to college that we would pay for it.” Early recalled. “I think from the students that I see here that are paying for it themselves they take it a great deal more seriously when it’s their own money on the line."

At least at Washburn University, Early says most student loans are taken out by the student themselves not by the parents.