Yonghwa's admission to Kyung Hee University's graduate school has been officially canceled following controversy around his illegitimate admission. Though he's already apologized, the issue drew more attention as a former employee of FNC Entertainment has backed rumors saying Yonghwa only applied to avoid military enlistment.
On January 19, media outlets revealed notes from a former FNC employee that state, "Enlistment date on August 2, 2016 has been delayed to September 30," and "Again... pushed back for doctorate degree for the second time." The employee told CBS No Cut News, "Jung Yong Hwa applied to graduate school as a way to push back his enlistment," adding, "Other celebrities have delayed their enlistment like this as well. It was to the point there was an employee in place who attended online classes for them."
FNC Entertainment responded, "It's true there is an employee who helps with school issues, but the celebrities themselves listened to the lectures through a tablet PC themselves. All the other artists who attend cyber college also do the same."
Yonghwa's agency has further denied the allegations, stating, "He applied for the doctorate program at the graduate school in order to pursue his interests and due to the college's advice. His application has no relation to the delay in his military enlistment. Yonghwa used standard ways to delay enlistment as a celebrity, and it's not true that he applied for a doctor degree to delay. The former employee's allegations are not true, and in the case that these false facts continue to be spread, we'll take strong legal action."