I have a scholarship for grad school given to me by the place I work for. The scholarship works through reimbursement- I pay my tuition and pass the receipt on to our business office, around a month later I get my reimbursement. It isn't the greatest way for things to work but I'm still incredibly thankful for the scholarship!
It has been over a month since I dropped off my reimbursement form, I was checking to see where in the process my reimbursement was since I'm currently broke and have been eating ramen for two weeks while waiting for the thousands of dollars to be reimbursed back to me. I find out they never filed it, they "misplaced" the receipt and didn't bother to tell me. I about raged out in the ladies office. I printed her another copy of the receipt and told her I needed my money asap and that the request needed to be rushed. Then I went to a friends office and cried, I was so angry I wanted to puke. Hopefully the "rush" gets me my money back soon. My husband thinks that next semester I should take out a student loan to cover tuition and then use the reimbursement to pay off the loan so this doesn't happen again. I was raised by parents who did not handle money well, my childhood was super stressful because of this and I still have money fears to this day (I had a panic attack in the middle of the store when we bought a fancy tv a couple years ago). Since leaving home, and then getting married, I have worked hard to not have money problems like my parents did- being in a situation where my bank account empty is really scary.