Coaches accused of false displays of prospective students as athletes are fired or removed by their universities, and schools review their enrolled students to confirm that no one is involved.
But it remains to see what will happen to the students. According to criminal affidavits, some of the students are aware of cheating, but others have no idea.
Will students be expelled or allowed to continue studying? What are its effects, if any?
CNN spoke to two experts in college admissions and higher education law about potential outcomes for students whose parents pulled the strings to get them at prestigious universities .
Here's what they will say.
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Christine Helwick, the former general counselor for the California State University system, says "no solution" comes to the future of these students.
"It must be a case by decision," he said.
If a student is found to be cheated on an exam such as the SAT or lied in their school application, their destiny depends on where their application process is and whether they are enrolled or graduated fraud was discovered, Helwick said.
When they finished, Helwick said he doubted that a school would recover a degree.
Universities face the most difficult decision for students who are still enrolled, Helwick said, and he said schools should see if students know the trick or if their parents did it behind the student.
Ed Boland, a former admission officer at Yale University and the author of his journal, "The Battle for Room 31
Those who know must face the expulsion, says expert
According to criminal affidavit, not all pupils know the cheating done by their parents. At present, no students are facing scandal charges.
Two students know the affidavit that Elizabeth's daughters and Manuel Henriquez, who allegedly pay hundreds of thousands of dollars and favor as part of the scam. The affidavit said their daughters were actively involved. CNN told Henriquezes for comment.
According to the affidavit, a proctor, who was paid to sit beside Henriquezes's oldest daughter and gave answers during the exam, "grew up with her and her mother" about the fact that they were cheated and got away with it. "
deliberately cheating, Boland said that such behavior provided "immediate expulsion," adding universities need to show everyone that they are not asking for scams in the admission process.
"This scandal weakens the public's faith in this process," he says, "and schools need to act firmly and swiftly to publicly show that they are frightened like the public."
Ask if it is likely that some students do not know about cheating, Boland said he thought it was. If few people are in the process, he said, it is easier to control. For example, according to an affidavit, a student who has been admitted to the University of Southern California as a track athlete has no idea about fixing and being surprised if his orientation counselor asked him about the track.
Boland also announced that many students do not want to benefit from it despite their parents' desires.
Helwick does not have to agree, pointing out that suspected fraud involves cheating the SATs or ACTs, or being shown as a prospective athlete for a group that they have no intention of playing.
"It is hard to imagine that a student is not well informed about one of these," he says.
Can they get the second chance?
Both Helwick and Boland indicate that students may have a chance to redeem, depending on their case.
Some schools may be prepared to see if the students in question have proven that if they can stand in the institution with their own merits, Helwick said, to decide if they will allow them to stay.
"How far have they developed?" he asked. "How well did they do? Did they really demonstrate the ability to perform at the level of someone who was taken under normal circumstances?"
leave the university and attend other institutions to prove their academic merits on their own, Boland said, "a common practice," usually for a student who may have failed or been injured and their study is not serious enough.
And, Helwick said, "community colleges are available for all kinds of people."
CNN's Melanie Schuman and Mark Morales contributed to this report.