My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal lawyer.
Yes it is illegal to submit false documents to get into a community college. It is fraud, which is a felony. If the defendant falsified or forged a government form, such as a GED certificate, or lied on her application to a state community college, that would also involve falsifying government documents.
These are, as she has already been made aware, felony offenses. The odds of her going to prison are very very low for a non-violent first felony offense. Typically, states would make a first offender an offer of probation for a crime such as this. But the charge should not be ta***** *****ghtly.
She needs to make sure she has a criminal lawyer. If she can't afford one, she needs to plead not guilty at her arraignment and ask the judge to appoint her a public defender.
I don't know what you specifically wanted to know when you typed up the facts of your girlfriend's problem with the law. So if I didn't touch on it, please reply and tell me, and I'll expand my answer.