By Chris Hoenig
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is apologizing after sending out an insensitive tweet that mocked “poor” college students.
At 9 pm Tuesday, the agencywhich collects financial data from students seeking federal loanssent out a tweet featuring a scene from the movie “Bridesmaids” with actress Kristen Wiig and the meme “Help me. I’m poor.” Attached was the message: “If this is you, then you better fill out your FAFSA.”
The response was nearly immediate, with people calling the message insensitive and insulting.
Bad social from @FAFSA. Being “poor” is nothing to joke about, especially with the hardships people go through to go to school.
My Name Is My Name (@CoryTownes) June 25, 2014
Among them was Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., who called the tweet “unbelieveable.”
Anne Kress (@MCCPresident) June 25, 2014
Within an hour, the tweet was deleted. An apology appeared on the FAFSA twitter page several hours later.
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
Even the apology was met with further backlash, however.
@FAFSA how is that offensive tweet making fun of “poor people” helping make “college a reality for all”
Jen (@koonsiderthis) June 25, 2014
SHREK FLEX (@SHREK_FLEX) June 25, 2014
In the 2011-2012 award year, the U.S. Department of Education received nearly 22 million FAFSA applications, and were on pace to meet or beat that number in 2012-2013.