This article was written by Maryna Voievodina

Starting fall semester, the Financial Aid Office will reduce its requirements for the general scholarship from 14 to 12 credits. Students will also be eligible for prorated scholarships if they choose to take less than 12 credits.

“The new 12-credit requirement and proration for general scholarships provides flexibility for students to be academically successful,” said Alisa Fye, associate director of student relations in the Financial Aid Office. “Students will be able to carry a credit load that is right for them.”

For some students, these updates will help them manage school more confidently.

“That’s a lot of stress that just went away,” said Angel Empey, a freshman studying recreational management. “I feel like it is a lot more manageable. They’re expecting you to have good grades and yet to have a high course load. I feel like it’s really unfair expectations. I feel so stressed because I have to keep up with my grades, but I’m also drowning in homework while still working trying to pay for rent, tuition and food.”

Some students live on tight budgets, and getting scholarships helps when managing personal finances.

“My parents and our church leaders teach us to be self-reliant,” said Oksana Kushaliieva, a freshman studying art. “I always look for a job that can help me to sustain myself, but sometimes doctors’ visits and other emergencies seem to ruin my personal plan on saving up money. Getting a scholarship is a big blessing. It’s like an extra gift from Heavenly Father for all of my hard work.”

These changes will apply only to the general scholarship. Talent, leadership and merit scholarships will still require 14 credits.