By sarah_tomlin1@eku.edu

I haven’t bought all of my books yet. It’s because my husband and I don’t have enough money left over after we pay the monthly bills. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have this problem. That’s because I’ve never had to go through the “student verification” process with financial aid before. Basically, the people at financial aid, in their infinite wisdom, don’t believe the information you provided on your FAFSA. So you have to prove it by sending in W-2’s, income tax returns, pay stubs, etc. Then they review your documents and decide what kind of aid you will receive. Since this puts a hold on your account, you would THINK that they would try to have it done as quickly as possible. But I submitted my papers three weeks ago, and I’ve been informed it will take up to a month for them to process the verification. Okay, so then my tuition bill should be suspended until they determine my aid, right? Wrong. I have to come up with the money to pay for tuition by tomorrow, I was told when I returned to campus. I also cannot apply for a loan until my financial aid is settled. So where does that leave me and hundreds of other students? Broke and unable to pay for tuition. Fortunately, my parents are willing to help me out for a while. Other students may not be this lucky.
Financial Aid’s Student verification tripe is one item on a list of my grievances against the university. The biggest pain is that Eastern does not care about students who stay on campus all weekend. This may come as a surprise, but not all students are commuters and some of us don’t go home every third day. Closing down the university at 4:30 on a Friday and keeping it closed until 5 pm on a Sunday is not exactly convenient. Especially if you might like to, say, eat downstairs in Powell perhaps? Or maybe you have a paper due and you want to use the computer lab? You might even want to exercise Saturday night or Sunday morning.
But who needs to do those things? Really, it’s a brilliant plan, encouraging the whole suitcase college atmosphere.
I’d like to go onto parking but that horse is already dead. The bottom line is that perhaps “the powers that be” don’t realize how asinine they are being. It hurts the students. Unless I missed something, I’m pretty sure that the students are exactly why this place was founded.