"She's at the bottom of the rock, devastated," a source told CNN. "She knows it could go a long time and it's frightening for her."
A federal bribery indictment is defined as a bribe of at least $ 5,000 in an organization receiving more than $ 10,000 from the federal government, which would include USF and other universities involved in the alleged fraud.
Loflin and her husband had previously pleaded not guilty in April to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Prosecutors say she and Yanooli paid $ 500,000 to a fake charity to get their two daughters accepted at the University of Southern California, falsely designating them as recruiting teams. On these charges, they face up to 45 years in prison.
Asked by CNN how her marriage was affected by the scandal, the source said it was "out of tension".
"Everything she wanted was best for her daughters and she wants people to see it," the source added. "She definitely regrets the way she has handled herself after all this came out."
The source noted that Loflin and her daughters were "closer than ever".
CNN reached out to a Loflin representative for comment.
Loflin is awaiting trial on charges that have already pleaded not guilty. The next court date for the case is scheduled for November 20.