FAFSA Faces Backlash For ‘Help Me. I’m Poor’ Tweet
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The federal financial aid agency has apologized for an insensitive tweet posted on Tuesday night seemingly mocking “poor” college students.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) originally posted on Twitter a meme of Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids” that said “Help me. I’m poor.”
“If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA,” the Twitter post said, linking to the meme of Wiig.
The tweet was taken down within an hour following backlash for the insensitivity of the post.
“Unbelievable. Take this down,” Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College, posted on Twitter following the FAFSA tweet.
Anne Kress (@MCCPresident) June 25, 2014
Strike Debt tweeted: “FAFSA does worse than just make fun of poor folks, they create poverty.”
(@StrikeDebt) June 25, 2014
FAFSA apologized for the tweet after taking it down.
“We apologize for the insensitivity of our previous tweet,” FAFSA tweeted. “Our goal is to make college a reality for all. We’re very sorry.”
We apologize for the insensitivity of our previous tweet. Our goal is to make college a reality for all. We're very sorry.—
Federal Student Aid (@FAFSA) June 25, 2014