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Financing College

Promising News for College Bound Students

California College Promise Plan Californians celebrated in 2017 when lawmakers passed the California College Promise program which allocated $46 million to 114 community colleges to help with college costs, not restricted to tuition. It left the option to the colleges on how to use the money. Some colleges, such as Mount Saint Antonio College chose to not use any of their funds for tuition and instead used the funds on student services for all new first-time students. Other colleges used some of the money to help students with tuition, while…
Mundo Academy
July 16, 2019
Financing College

The Net Price Calculator: Estimate the Cost of College

What is the Net Price Calculator? You may have questions about how to use and understand a college’s Net Price Calculator. This tool allows you to compare the costs of your prospective colleges prior to applying. First, you give  that school information about yourself and your family’s financial status. Then, that institution can provide you with information about financial aid options. The Net Price Calculator lets you check the affordability of the particular college, regardless of the college’s sticker price—which is rarely the actual amount families will pay for college.…
Mundo Academy
June 10, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Understanding Your SAT Score Report

Many students received their SAT scores this week. While many focus on the total score, the score report offers a lot more information that can help them prepare for their next test attempt. When Mundo Academy reviews a score report to develop a plan, we analyze several pieces of information. We will share our process with you on how to understand your SAT score report. TEST SCORES SECTION First, we look at the Test Scores section, especially for the Reading and Writing score. Since the Section Score is a combination…
Mundo Academy
May 29, 2019
Getting Ready for College

Surviving College as a Latinx

Even though more and more Latinxs are attending college, enrollment of Latinx and Black students still lags at top universities and colleges. For example, only 13% of students at Harvard are Latinx while 47% are white, as reported by the New York Times in 2017. While there is much to celebrate in the rising numbers of Latinxs attending college, Latinxs still face many struggles, such as lack of support, cultural barriers, pressure to succeed for the family, discrimination, a feeling of not belonging, and microagressions. If you are a person…
Mundo Academy
April 18, 2019
Getting Ready for College

Making the Most of College Tours

It’s an exciting time: you’re touring your prospective colleges. Your hard work has paid off, but now it’s time to make a decision. Here’s a quick and easy guide to make the most of your time and budget—plus some key points to consider when shopping around. Where to Start Start by pre-registering for the official college tours offered to prospective students. These official walking tours are led by undergraduates and include an informational session about campus life, academics, and financial aid. You may also opt to attend an open house,…
Mundo Academy
March 21, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Test Optional Policies Backfiring on Underrepresented Groups

Students of color may consider applying to test-optional schools in order to improve their chances of admissions, but new findings show that this isn't always the case. Several years ago, colleges and universities adopted a test optional policy. The stated intent was to create more equity in entrance opportunities for students of underrepresented groups. Unfortunately, we are seeing unintended negative consequences instead of the positive growth in college diversity. It turns out that SAT Optional is not bringing in more students of underrepresented groups to elite colleges and universities. Unintended…
Mundo Academy
March 13, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Should You Opt Out of Testing?

Some colleges and universities are offering applicants the option to skip college entrance exams. You may be tempted to opt out of the SAT and ACT, but considering what the current data suggests, you might want to think twice. Even though test-optional policies can result in some positive points for schools such as an increase in number of applicants and potential increase in reported average test scores, test scores still seem to play a pivotal role in college admissions. When looking at data for students who were accepted to highly…
Mundo Academy
February 21, 2019
Getting Ready for College

How You Browse the Web Can Influence College Recruitment

Signing up to receive a newsletter from the college of your dreams can have some impact on your admissions! You should know that while you peruse a university’s website, that website is likely being silently watching and studying you. Many universities track prospective students through specialized software. This is similar to how your smartphone and social media track you and learn your online browsing behavior. More than 50 colleges and universities currently use software from Capture Higher Ed, a company based in Louisville, Kentucky, that tracks how prospective students use…
Mundo Academy
February 21, 2019
College Entrance Exams

Does Taking a Practice SAT/ACT Test Make a Difference?

Mundo Academy Answer Sheet As a highschooler, you have so much going on that it’s difficult to give up a precious Saturday to take a practice test; consequently, you may wonder if it is worth the sacrifice. You should know that taking an initial test is actually the best way to start your test prepping process. We recommend taking a practice test in order to get a baseline score. This baseline score will tell you where you are in your preparation for the actual test. You may take practice tests…
Mundo Academy
February 13, 2019