The influencer whose mother paid more than $700,000 to get her into university.

In September 2018, Olivia Jade Giannulli shared a sponsored post to Instagram.

The influencer had just started college. A major milestone that she marked with a post advertising Amazon’s Prime Student offering to her 1.3million followers.

Just six months later, Olivia Jade’s college admission has been called into question after her parents, Full House star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, were arrested in a nationwide college admissions bribery investigation.

It is alleged Olivia Jade’s parents paid bribes totalling US$500,000 (AU$705,000) to have her and her older sister Isabella Rose listed as recruits for the University of Southern California’s (USC) rowing team, despite the fact they were not rowers, to facilitate their admission to the college.

Lori Laughlin with daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose.
Lori Laughlin with daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose. Image: Getty.

Olivia Jade is an influencer and beauty vlogger with close to 2 million YouTube subscribers.

She's (still, for now at least) in her first year at USC in Los Angeles, but has previously admitted she's not actually that interested in her education.

"I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend," she said in a video last year. "But I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of, like, game days, partying. … I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

Following backlash, the 19-year-old apologised for her words and acknowledged that attending college was a "privilege" she was "really grateful" for.

"I said something super-ignorant and stupid," she said in a follow-up video entitled 'I'm sorry'.

"It totally came across that I'm not grateful for college – I'm going to a really nice school, and it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off, I’m just gonna be successful on YouTube and not have to worry about school. … I’m really disappointed in myself."

Since the bribery case broke, Olivia Jade's social media accounts have been spammed by trolls calling her out for cheating the system.

USC issued a statement on Wednesday amid speculation that Olivia Jade and other students connected to the bribery scandal could face expulsion. It said current students and graduates involved will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, Yahoo Entertainment reported.

Actress Felicity Huffman has also been charged following the investigation for allegedly paying US$15,000 so their daughter could double the time to complete her university entrance exam.

"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference in Boston.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected."

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