Lori Loughlin has reportedly hired a prison expert who is advising her on what life will be like in a correctional facility if she is sentenced or her part in the college admission scandal, which rocked the nation.

“She has someone who is advising her what to do in case she loses her case and goes to prison,” a source close to Loughlin told PEOPLE. “The advisor is there to help her learn the ropes. That’s not to be construed that she thinks she’s going to lose her case. Lori is a planner, and she is doing what she needs to do for all contingencies.”

Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500,000 to an admissions consultant to help her daughters get into USC. Unlike fellow actress Felicity Huffman who pleaded guilty, Loughlin is fighting the charges.

Huffman is free and clear after doing less than a fortnight in prison for her participation in the college scam.

If found guilty, Loughlin faces up to 45 years in prison.