“I know parents who whipped up a charity for their kid, and did a fake photo shoot with disabled children,” Ron Foley, an independent education counselor, tells The Post. “The parents set it all up and said that the kid raised all this money, but truly it was a single donor — the parents . . . It was just a scam to get the kid into college.”

That’s not all. Foley, who’s helped kids apply to colleges for 30 years, including stints at the college-ranking company the Princeton Review and a Kaplan standardized-test prep center in San Francisco, says that one teenager’s mom “had her daughter evaluated for a hearing issue that was not present” in order to get her extra time on standardized tests.

Did it work?

“Let’s just say it was for an Ivy League school — and she’s there now.”