You can check with the advancement person at your council office. Even if the paperwork has not come back from national, they can check to computer to be sure it has been approved.
I presented an Eagle award this spring where this was the case. The paperwork was in transit after being delayed by Good Friday. The advancement person checked into it, and notified the shop staff that it was approved. I bought the award, and presented it. The paperwork arrived 2 days after the COH.
In this case, the $40 might have helped IF they use that money to overnight the paperwork to the council.
Eagle Scout 1987
OA Vigil Honor 1986
Fox - WE7-590-05-2
Currently - Troop/Team/Crew Advancement Chair & Dist Webmaster
Previously - SM, MC, CM, ACM, ADL, ASM, COR, Dist Camp Chair, PL, SPL, Scribe, Songleader, JASM, OA Chapter Officer, ...