One of the batches of checks has shown up... almost exactly 30 days later then they were supposed to.
And by showed up I mean, they are here on campus and I have signed them. The U still needs to cash them, process them and then cut me a check for the identical amount and mail it to me.
I should (in theory) be able to eat again Friday or Monday. Probably Monday.
The person who was manning the FinAid desk was actually the person responsible for this being as screwed up as it is. There was a little surreal moment when I asked if there was a way I could arrange to pick up the checks instead of having them mailed to me and she said to me:
"If I get them processed today, accounting will pull a batch report tomorrow and print the checks the next day, and mail them the day after. They only mail them, no pickup, sorry." *she gave a little laugh* "That's assuming I get it done today, I'm a week behind on everything."
She then accidentally met my eyes. I can't imagine what the expression was on my face, but she stopped laughing.
Very carefully I said "And what exactly would it take for you to process these today?"
"I just have to fill out this form and send it over to accounting." she gestured a stack of pink paper.
My eyes rested briefly on the stack of papers, and then met hers again. The silence stretched out uncomfortably.
Her eyes dropped and she shifted uncomfortably in her chair, reaching out she pulled the pink form to her. "I'll just fill this out right now."
I also extracted from her that she sent the AK student loan stuff in, only a week after she promised me she would. Since it takes the loan people 4-6 hours to get them in the system I think I will call tomorrow and see if she actually did it.