Lori Loughlin Paid Off College Tuition For Two Students Ahead Of TV Comeback

by Kristina Johnson
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Ahead of her return to TV next month, Lori Loughlin reportedly made a massive gift to two college students

Lori Loughlin may be looking to buy some good will — literally. The Full House actress has reportedly paid off college tuitions for two unidentified students, following the 2019 college admissions scandal that sent her to prison for two months.

“Lori Loughlin has privately arranged to put two students through four years of college, and has paid their tuition and the expenses totaling over $500,000,” ET reported, citing an anonymous source. “Lori has also continued her work with Project Angel Food. She is optimistic about her future and is hopeful that she can move forward.”

Naturally one has to wonder just who that anonymous source was, and if his or her name rhymes with Shlori Shloughlin, but hey — good for those students. A report in US Weekly also noted that the tuition payments were not part of Loughlin’s court mandated punishment, but rather a personal gesture that the actress wanted to make. In addition to those two months behind bars, Loughlin also paid a $150,000 fine and was sentenced to complete 150 hours of community service.

Coincidentally (or not), the $500,000 Loughlin apparently dropped on tuition is basically the same dollar amount the actress was accused of paying in bribes to get her daughters, the influencer Olivia Jade and Isabella, into the University of Southern California. With the help of a fixer, both girls applied and were accepted to the school as recruits to the rowing team — despite not actually being rowers. Like, at all.

In another coincidence (or not), Loughlin is set to return to acting next month on GAC’s When Hope Calls. She’ll reprise her role of Abigail Stanton in the series, which is a spin-off of When Calls the Heart.

Whether you’re willing to take the gesture at face value, or you’re more inclined to dismiss it as a PR stunt to clear the air ahead of the show’s return (slated for December 18), there are still two students out there whose lives just got a whole lot easier. Of course, that doesn’t excuse what Loughlin did, and it doesn’t make up for the fact that buying her daughters’ way into a top university might very well have bumped other, actually worthy students out of admissions spots — but it’s a start, I suppose.

Lori, please just don’t let us find out these two students are like, heirs to a pharmaceutical fortune or something that absolutely did not need your money, OK? Your move, Felicity Huffman.