Last night (June 25), the Federal College Financial Aid tweeted a photo from Bridesmaids with the words “Help Me. I’m Poor” sprawled across the bottom. As is to be expected with a blunder like this, Twitter responded with zero ounces of chill.
There’s a good chance that many of the “reactors” cashed a FAFSA check at some point in life, and were genuinely upset that the financial aid company called them “poor.” The Tweet was probably just a harmless joke (or a reverse plot for publicity) that wasn’t aimed at anyone specifically, but in these tough economic times FAFSA had to know that somebody would be offended.
FAFSA removed the tweet about a two hours after it was posted and replaced with this struggle statement: “We apologize for the insensitive of our previous tweet. Our goal is to make college a reality for all. We’re very sorry.”
Was that apology good enough? Not so much. Twitter has no time for repentance. Check out 15 reactions to FAFSA below.