College Avenue Student Loans Edvisors Private Student Loans

Scholarship News

Mom Agreed to Pay $1.5M to Elite College Consulting Firm


February 14, 2018 9:27 AM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
A mom who agreed to pay $1.5 million to a college-admissions consultant to help her child get into a prestigious prep school and Ivy League College is now being sued for allegedly paying only half the fee. The Manhattan-based firm, The Ivy Coach, says the family is part of the international aristocracy who have enlisted Ivy Coach's premium services.

A mom who agreed to pay $1.5 million to a college-admissions consultant to help her child get into a prestigious prep school and Ivy League College is now being sued for allegedly paying only half the fee. The Manhattan-based firm, The Ivy Coach, says the family is part of the "international aristocracy who have enlisted Ivy Coach's premium services."

For some families, paying $9,999 for a weekend "boot camp" on college admissions may be a drop in the bucket. The lawsuit against Vietnamese mother Buoi Thi Bui claims that she promised to pay the $1.5 million fee in two installments but allegedly did not pay the remaining $750,000. The lawsuit also alleges that, at some point, the Ivy coach "became concerned about whether pull payment would be made" after Bui decided she wanted to see early-decision results before making final payments; she had assured the firm that the family would honor its contract.

Bui's daughter, Vinh Ngoc Dao reportedly received "substantial guidance and effort" in applying to Amherst, Dartmouth and Williams Colleges; Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, New York, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford and Tufts Universities; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the Universities of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego campuses); Chicago, Pennsylvania and Southern California. Additionally, Ivy Coach's Bev Taylor assisted Dao in applying to seven boarding schools and ultimately helped her get into the Solebury School in Pennsylvania - a private prep school that costs more than $55,000 a year. According to the lawsuit, the hefty fee was worth it. In December, Dao was granted early admission and accepted to an "unnamed Ivy League institution"; a social media post suggests she was accepted to Dartmouth.

In addition to losing out on the value of the contract, the firm also lost the opportunity to engage in equally lucrative business with clients, according to the suit. "Ivy Coach also chose to forgo helping other families and students seeking its expertise and guidance - including those who would pay for the full value of the services and benefits provided." Although the fee may seem exorbitant and above the industry norm - with independent consultants charging $85-$350 an hour and offering comprehensive packages ranging from $850-$10,000 - Ivy Coach defends its prices, claiming that "the parents of our students appreciate that it is worth investing to help their children earn admission to an outstanding school when they'd otherwise earn admission only to a pretty good school." Others believe that, although its practices are legal, the firm "borders on unethical because it's not clear what value they are adding." According to the contract, Bui agreed to pay the $1.5 million regardless of whether her daughter was accepted anywhere.

College is expensive, Scholarships.com is completely free. Pay for your college education with as much free college scholarship money as possible. By applying to all the awards you qualify for, you can be sure to not miss a single opportunity in paying for your college expenses - including tuition, fees, room and board. Get matched to college scholarships instantly and start applying today by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 
The college dining hall – a place for food, friends and well-earned breaks. It’s known for a wide array of food bars, buffets, made-to-order stations and generous ice cream offerings. But for the Fall 2020 semester, the dining experience will undergo a reinvention to serve food safely amidst the novel coronavirus. What will the dining halls of the COVID-19 era look like?

New Menus for College Dining in Fall 2020

June 30, 2020 10:56 AM
by Izzy Hall
The college dining hall – a place for food, friends and well-earned breaks. It’s known for a wide array of food bars, buffets, made-to-order stations and generous ice cream offerings. But for the
If you're worried about how you will pay for college during the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not alone. Students and families are concerned about the college financial ramifications as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and higher education institutions are anticipating an increase in students' financial aid need, as well as a large number of college financial aid appeals. Fortunately, there are ample options and resources to help you pay for college these coming semesters. Explore the various options to find out which works best for your situation - from scholarship deadline extensions to relief provided through the CARES Act and more.

Paying for College during Coronavirus

June 26, 2020 3:48 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
If you're worried about how you will pay for college during the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not alone. Students and families are concerned about the college financial ramifications as a result of the
On June 1st, Kansas State began bringing back student athletes to start football pre-season training with voluntary workouts. By June 20th, with 13 students testing positive for coronavirus, they shut their workout program down. What happened to the Kansas State athletes wasn’t unique – as schools, hoping to bring back the moneymaker that is college football, are discovering. And it provides an early look at what schools could be facing if they plan to re-open their campuses come the fall.

College Football Pre-Season Gets off on Wrong Foot

June 25, 2020 3:14 PM
by Izzy Hall
On June 1st, Kansas State began bringing back student athletes to start football pre-season training with voluntary workouts. By June 20th, with 13 students testing positive for coronavirus, they
Students want to go to campus this fall. Schools would like to have them there. But campus won’t be the same as it always has. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, colleges and universities are instituting new policies and discussing new living arrangements for their incoming students. Beyond social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizer, here are changes colleges are considering for students living on campus.

What Will Living on Campus Look Like This Fall?

June 16, 2020 10:51 AM
by Izzy Hall
Students want to go to campus this fall. Schools would like to have them there. But campus won’t be the same as it always has. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, colleges and universities
Are you dealing with student debt? You’re not alone. The amount of student debt that Americans owe is a staggeringly-high $1.7 trillion dollars and growing. Almost 70% of graduating high school seniors from the Class of 2019 took out student loans, and it’s likely that percentage will only increase for the Class of 2020. If you’re looking for some help managing your student loans, here are a handful of free and low-cost online resources that can help.

Want Help with Student Debt? Try These Resources

June 12, 2020 9:54 AM
by Izzy Hall
Are you dealing with student debt? You’re not alone. The amount of student debt that Americans owe is a staggeringly-high $1.7 trillion dollars and growing. Almost 70% of graduating high school
June is Gay Pride Month 2020, which marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ celebrations and traditions. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Scholarships.com is featuring LGBTQ+ college scholarships for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and questioning students. There are also scholarships for college for those who identify as an LGBTQ+ ally! View even more financial aid for LGBTQ+ students and allies here.

Pride Month: LGBTQ and Ally Scholarships for 2020

June 11, 2020 4:20 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
June is Gay Pride Month 2020, which marks the 50th anniversary of annual LGBTQ+ celebrations and traditions. In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, Scholarships.com is featuring LGBTQ+ college scholarships