This is a fairly long article, but I find it fascinating. Thank you to the guidance and college counselors out there who step up when they see something amiss.
ProPublica Illinois was the first to report on this new scheme to increase financial aid. Here is a follow-up article about the US Department of Education and state officials investigating this practice and closing a loophole in the financial aid process. www.propublica.org/article/college-student-financial-aid-guardianship-loophole-us-department-of-education